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Life After Life

Saturday, April 08, 2017
6:00 p.m.
YBCA Screening Room


Friday, April 14, 2017
4:00 p.m.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017
12:15 p.m.
Roxie Theater

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Guests Expected

Director Zhang Hanyi expected to attend April 14 and 15 screenings.


Produced by Jia Zhangke, this evocative and poetic debut depicts a rapidly disappearing way of life with a gorgeous visual sensibility and subtly wry humor. Mingchun and his bored young son Leilei live in a remote Chinese farming village scheduled to be razed. One day, the two are out collecting firewood, and without explanation Leilei is matter-of-factly possessed by the ghost of Mingchun's wife. The ghost has one thing on her mind – the replanting of a beloved tree before it is swept away by bulldozers in the name of modernization. As she says, "This tree knows who we are." In addition to this plea, she draws attention to other ghosts in their midst, some of them in surprising guises. So Life After Life is a ghost story, but one that is more interested in metaphysics and subtle humor than clanging chains and rattling windows. Coupling a desaturated palette of browns and greys with surprising images that feature goats stuck in trees or a giant boulder that moves sideways, Zhang's film has a lyrical sensibility that sits comfortably alongside its criticism of a society that is laying waste to a particular kind of life.

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Zhang Hanyi’s full-length feature debut Life After Life has reaped numerous rewards on festival circuits. It took home a Golden Firebird award at the Hong Kong International and also won the Grand Prize at the Tokyo Filmex. He was born in Shaanxi, China, a northwestern province and the setting for Life After Life.
Film Details
  • Country(ies): China
  • Language(s): Mandarin
  • Year: 2016
  • Running time: 80
  • Director(s): Zhang Hanyi
  • Producer(s): Jia Zhangke, Zhang Yong
  • Writer(s): Zhang Hanyi
  • Cinematographer(s): Chang Mang
  • Editor(s): Mathieu Laclau
  • With: Zhang Li, Zhang Mingjun, Wang Jishan

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