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

XUE CHAN

V' 07

XUE CHAN

LITTLE MOTH

Peng Tao
VR China, 2007
Fiction, 99min, OmeU

XUE CHAN

Peng Tao
VR China, 2007
Fiction, 99min, OmeU

Actors: 
Zhao Huihui
Xiao E'zi
Han Dequn
Song Guibua
Zhang Lei
Xiao Chun
Hong Qifa
Luo Jiang
Gao Yuanbing
Onkel
Xu Zelin
Yang Qingcai
Screenplay: 
Peng Tao
Sound: 
Wu Zheng
Camera: 
Huang Yi
Editor: 
Peng Tao
Costume: 
Hu Qingsheng

Production: 
New Youth Independent Film Studio Yangfangdian Road No. 16 Haidian District, 100038, Beijing, China T 10 639 528 41 pengtao17@gmail.com
World Sales: 
New Youth Independent Film Studio Yangfangdian Road No. 16 Haidian District, 100038, Beijing, China T 10 639 528 41 pengtao17@gmail.com
Format: 
Video (Digi Beta)
Color

Bought for 1,000 yuans, 11-year old Xiao E'zi («Little Moth») can't walk, but her new «parents», Luo Jiang and his wife Guibua, have a use for her, as they're trying their luck at a new trade: begging in the street. One day they meet a man who is accompanied by Xiao Chun, a one-armed boy employed to beg, who has already been sold three times. Taking advantage of the adults' momentary inattention, the children make a run for it, Xiao Chun carrying the girl on his back. Since their employers deem the children virtually worthless, the two men do not even bother to chase after them. But the mother, who feels keenly for these children, sets outs to find them.
With its straightforward direction and amateur actors, Little Moth offers a harsh depiction of a neglected, forgotten class in Chinese society. Peng's style suggests more than showing, and unfolds the complexity of characters that may be «rough» and «uncouth» yet far from being one-dimensional. They don't speak much, but communicate through daily gestures (cooking, sharing foods or drinks, dressing up poor lodgings) shot in a semi-ethnographic way that calls to mind Hou Hsiao-hsien's first movies.