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Image of movie Ping jing
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Ping jing

The Calming
Song Fang
China 2020
93 min

Lin hat sich von ihrem langjährigen Freund getrennt; nun muss sie erst wieder lernen, sich alleine durch ihr Leben zu bewegen. Die Schritte sind noch etwas zögerlich, doch entschlossen: Lin reist, besucht alte Freund*innen, kümmert sich um ihre Eltern, arbeitet an ihrem neuen Film, bezieht eine neue Wohnung, sucht Trost in der Natur, wird krank, heilt. Geredet wird nicht viel. Der Aufruhr der Gefühle bleibt nicht im Verborgenen, in den Vordergrund spielt er sich aber auch nicht. Mit perfekter Balance verkörpert Qi Xi diese Frau, die den tiefen Schmerz ebenso in sich trägt wie die Stärke, ihn zu überwinden. Und aus der perfekten Distanz sieht Song Fang ihr dabei zu. (Alexandra Seitz)

Cinema has given us many images – entire movies, even – about the process of creating art: writers at their desks, directors on set, painters at their easels. But what happens during the time between one project and another, precisely when it seems nothing is happening?
This is the background of THE CALMING, a poised and moving second film from Chinese director Song Fang that was produced by Jia Zhangke. A young filmmaker, Lin Tong, played with vibrant delicateness by Xi Qi, visits Tokyo, and then travels alone to the blissfully wintry "Snow Country," in reference to the novel by Japanese modernist writer, Yasunari Kawabata. Upon returning home to Hong Kong, Lin, who’s broken up with her partner, contends with moving, tends to an ailing parent, and visits an old friend. THE CALMING is a work whose stillness inhabits the tricky emotional and psychic space between lingering memories and an undefined future. And yet, something – a glimpse of maturing, of finding oneself anew – come into view. Nature and small yet meaningful acts of care fill in the void. A glorious and assured film, THE CALMING is the nurturing experience we perhaps need most in our own isolated, but strangely hectic time. (Ela Bittencourt)

Song Fang: GOODBYE (2008, K), YULU (2011), MEMORIES LOOK AT ME (2012)

  • Qi Xi
  • Ye Yuzhu
  • Song Dijin
  • Song Fang
  • Lü Songye
  • Zhang Yang
  • Liu Cheng-hung
  • Song Fang
  • Peng Shaoying
Huanxi Media Group, Fabula Entertainment, XStream Pictures

Huanxi Media Group

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