EAST PALACE, WEST PALACE
After a random night raid in a local park, a young gay writer, A-Lan, is held for an intensive one-on-one interrogation. Unwanted memories offer glimpses of A-Lan’s tumultous childhood, first sexual experiences, forced farm labour, and his incessant search for love. Through the night, the interrogating officer confronts feelings that alternate between revulsion and fascination. An awkward love story unfolds.
Mar Del Plata IFF - Best Director, Screenplay & Cinematography Awards
Taormina FF - Best Film, Special Jury Mention for Actors
Cannes Un Certain Regard
Karlovy Vary IFF
In 1999 Zhang Yuan also directed a feature film SEVENTEEN YEARS, a family drama of hate, crime and reconciliation, which won the Best Director award at the 56th Venice Film Festival. 2002 was his most productive year: he directed three films: JIANG JIE, a cinematic version of a revolutionary Beijing Opera of the same title; I LOVE YOU, an urban romantic drama; and GREEN TEA, a romantic mystery. Zhang is also an active MTV producer and director. His direction of Cui Jian’s WILD IN THE SNOW won the Best Asian MTV Award at the American MTV Awards in 1991. His A PIECE OF RED CLOTH won a Special Mention at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Awards. Zhang Yuan was selected by TIME MAGAZINE in 1994 as one of the hundred young world leaders for the next century.
Zhao Wei Films