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Directed by Feng Xiaogang

China 2017 136 mins. In Mandarin

Starting out in the 1970s, Feng Xiaogang’s film chronicles the joys and travails of a provincial military-arts troupe, People’s Liberation Army soldiers whose duty it is to promote culture, revolutionary values, music, and dance in support of the Cultural Revolution. At the center is Xiaoping, a dancer from Beijing with a painful family history. Due to her innocence and social status, she quickly becomes a scapegoat and laughing stock among her peers. But as years pass and the group splinters apart, her life takes unexpected turns, and she emerges a true heroine. “A whirl of grand, dramatic gestures . . . punctuated by landmark historical events, Luo Pan’s swirling camerawork capturing astonishing landscapes and impressively choreographed set pieces.” —The Hollywood Reporter. In Mandarin with English subtitles.

Filmography: I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016), Back to 1942 (2012), Aftershock (2010), The Dream Factory (1997)

Reviews: Chicago Reader, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Variety

Interviews: The Upcoming