VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Wo bu shi Pan Jin Lian (Omeu)

V' 17

Wo bu shi Pan Jin Lian (Omeu)

I Am Not Madame Bovary

Feng Xiaogang
China, 2016
Fiction, 139min, 0meU

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Wo bu shi Pan Jin Lian (Omeu)

Feng Xiaogang
China, 2016
Fiction, 139min, 0meU

Actors: 
Fan Bingbing
Li Xuelian
Dong Chengpeng
Judge Wang
Yin Yuanzhang
Gu Daxing
Feng Enhe
Chief Justice
Zhao Yi
Police Chief
Contributors: 
Narrator
Feng Xiaogang
Screenplay: 
Liu Zhenyun
based on his book «I Did Not Kill My Husband»
Camera: 
Luo Pan
Editor: 
William Chang Suk Ping
Composer: 
Du Wei

Production: 
Beijing Sparkle Roll Media
Huayi Brothers Media
Beijing Skywheel Entertainment
Huayi Brothers Pictures
Zhejiang Dongyang Mayla Media
World Sales: 
Wild Bunch
Format: 
DCP
Color

The story of provincial café proprietor Li Xuelian begins as a matter of real estate. In order to acquire the apartment they desire, Xuelian and her truck-driver husband conspire to get a “fake” divorce. Once the divorce goes through, however, Xuelian is shocked to discover that her husband has moved into the apartment with another woman. Thus begins Xuelian’s mission to have her extant divorce annulled so she can remarry her husband and then divorce him “for real.” It is a question of principle – which is lost on the local magistrate.
Xuelian travels to Beijing to take her case to a higher court, but there too she is dismissed. Years pass, and Xuelian continues to sue the state for failing to recognize her demands. She accosts justices in the streets, hurls herself in front of their cars, and even seeks accomplices to help her kill them all.
Feng is known for his politically astute comedies. His new film is a cleverly comic commentary on Chinese bureaucracy and male fear of single-minded women. Xuelian may not be wealthy or educated, but nothing can stop her from pursuing what she believes she is owed. (Giovanna Fulvi)