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Egg and Stone

A film by Huang Ji

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Huang Ji's brave personal film is one of the most auspicious debuts in recent Chinese cinema. Set in her home village in rural Hunan province, EGG AND STONE is a powerful autobiographical portrait of a 14-year-old girl's attempts to come to terms with her emerging sexual maturity. Since her parents moved to the city to work, she has been forced to live with her uncle and aunt for seven years. Alone with her own inchoate fears and desires, she grapples with a terrifying world of sexual awakening and danger. Huang Ji's visual sophistication, narrative fluency, and technical polish belie her youth. Cinematographer Ryuji Otsuka (also the film's producer and editor) contributes beautifully crafted cinematic images, fearfully intimate, softly pulsing with light, saturated with complex emotional power.

"Meticulous in every way: the non-professional actors with incredible skills, the beautiful camerawork, the timing and dosing of the tragic storyline about a fourteen-year-old Chinese girl from the countryside. A grown-up feature film debut by a major talent."International Film Festival Rotterdam

"A deliberately constructed work of feminist symbology… Utilizes gorgeous photography and acutely thoughtful composition, adding formalist dimension to this feminine perspective."Exclaim!

"A remarkably poised, redolent autobiographical work in which the filmmaker re-creates the vivid textures of her girlhood in Hunan Province and the body shame endemic to the culture in which she was raised."—Artforum

"Stunning... Relevant… In a place where womanhood is often considered less than, I applaud Ji for using strong feminist imagery to convey her message."Toronto Film Scene

Winner, Tiger Award, International Film Festival Rotterdam
Winner, Grand Prix, Andrey Tarkovsky International Film Festival
Special Jury Mention, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival
Special Jury Mention, Beijing Independent Film Festival
Best First Feature Film, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
International Film Festival Jerusalem
Taipei Film Festival
Vancouver International Film Festival
Stockholm International Film Festival
New Horizons International Film Festival
Hong Kong Asian Film Festival
Beijing Independent Film Festival

101 minutes / Color
English subtitles
Release: 2016
Copyright: 2012

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Subject areas:
Adolescence, Asia, Asian Studies, Autobiography, China, Cinema Studies, Sex & Sexuality, Southeast Asia, Women's Studies, dGenerate Films Collection - Narratives

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