The Road Not Taken

Shanghai International Film Festival


Director: Gaopeng Tang

Duration: 114 minutes

Production: 2018

Country: Chgina

Category: Fiction

SCREENING


MON, 3 DEC 2018 / CINEMAXX CINEMA A / 19:00

SYNOPSIS


In the depths of western China’s Gobi Desert, Yong (Wang Xuebing) operates a dilapidated ostrich farm, which is the last throw of the dice for him as he tries to win back his ex-wife and repair his life. One day, Mr. Wu (Wang Xufeng) comes looking for a debt to be repaid. When Yong can’t come up with the money, Wu leaves a lonely little boy (Zhu Gengyou) behind, telling Yong to look after him. Suspecting his ex-wife might be considering another marriage, Yong can only take the boy along as he goes to find her. In three days crossing the Gobi, they meet a sad and depressed female trucker Mei (Ma YiLi), and the three lonely people become a pseudo-family.More people join the action and the relationship between Yong and the boy is constantly tested and evolving over this journey. In the end, through these series of random encounters, every person embarks on their own path of no return.

In tengah Gurun Gobi Tiongkok, Yong (Wang Xuebing) menjalankan peternakan unta yang sudah bobrok yang menjadi kesempatan terakhirnya untuk memenangkan kembali mantan istrinya dan memperbaiki hidupnya. Suatu hari, Mr. Wu (Wang Xufeng) datang untuk menagih hutang. Ketika Yong tidak bisa memberikan ang, Wu meninggalkan seorang bocah laki-laki (Zhu Gengyou) dan meminta Yong untuk menjaganya. Merasa mantan istrinya mungkin akan mempertimbangkan untuk menikah lagi, ia membawa bocah tersebut dan pergi mencari istrinya. Tiga hari melewati Gurun Gobi, mereka bertemu pengemudi truk perempuan yang mengalami depresi bernama Mei (Ma YiLi), dan mereka bertiga pun berubah menjadi sebuah keluar palsu. Orang demi orang ikut masuk ke dalam keluarga ini dan hubunganYong dengan si bocah terus diuji selama perjalanan ini. Akhirnya, setelah berbagai kejadian yang aneh, setiap orang memilih jalannya sendiri dan tidak akan kembali.

TRAILER


DIRECTOR


Gaopeng Tang

Gaopeng Tang graduated from Beijing Broadcasting Institute in 1997 with a major in TV Commercial  Creativity & Production. Tang worked for Beijing Culture Art A/V Publishing House, China Central Television Station Channel 2 and Zenith Film Productions (Beijing) as a Creative Group Head and a short film/MV/TVC director before starting his own studio and beginning a career as an independent director in 2002. Tang is regarded among the most outstanding TVC directors in China, well recognized for his conceptual thinking ability, visual narrative skills, pragmatic execution, unique sense of humor, as well as the delicate human touch in his works.  At the 17th Shanghai international film festival in 2014, as co-writer of screenplay “The Road Not Taken”, Tang won the Special Regard Award for Film Market and he made his first feature film based on this script in 2016.

Gaopeng Tang lulus dari Beijing Broadcasting Institute pada tahun 1997 setelah mengambil jurusan TV Commercial Creativity and Production. Tang bekerja untuk Beijing Culture Art A/V Publishing House, Chine Central Television Station Channel 2, dan Zenith Film Productions (Beijing) sebagai Kepala Kreatif dan sutradara film pendek, video klip, dan iklan televisi sebelum akhirnya memulai studionya sendiri dan membangun karir sebagai sutradara independen di tahun 2002. Tang sangat dihormati dikalangan sutradara TVC terkenal di Tiongkok, termashyur akan kemampuan berpikirnya yang konseptual, menciptakan narasi visual, pengeksekusian yang pragmatic, selera humor yang unik, juga sentuhan-sentuhan manusiawi dalam karya-karyanya. Di 17th Shanghai International Film Festival 2014, sebagai yang membantu menulis naskah The Road Not Taken, Tang memenanggkan Special Regard Award for Film Market dan ia kemudian mengangkat naskah ini menjadi film di tahun 2016.

Contact:

Zhang Xiaochun

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