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

YI GE MO SHENG NU REN DE LAI XIN

V' 04

YI GE MO SHENG NU REN DE LAI XIN

LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN

Xu Jinglei
VR China, 2004
Fiction, 98min, OmeU

YI GE MO SHENG NU REN DE LAI XIN

Xu Jinglei
VR China, 2004
Fiction, 98min, OmeU

Actors: 
Jiang Wen
Xu Jinglei
Screenplay: 
Xu Jinglei nach einer Novelle von Stefan Zweig
Sound: 
Chen Chen
Camera: 
Mark Lee Pingbin
Editor: 
Zhang Yi Fan
Composer: 
Kubota Osamu
Decoration: 
Cao Jiu Ping
Costume: 
Tong Huamiao

Production: 
Asian Union Film & Media Building B, Shuguang Tower. No.5 Jingshun Road, Chaoyang District 100028 Beijing, China T 10 844 099 11 wangwei@polyasian.com Weltvertrieb Asian Union Film & Media Building B, Shuguang Tower. No.5 Jingshun Road, Chaoyang District 100028 Beijing, China T 10 844 099 11 wangwei@polyasian.com
World Sales: 
Asian Union Film & Media Building B, Shuguang Tower. No.5 Jingshun Road, Chaoyang District 100028 Beijing, China T 10 844 099 11 wangwei@polyasian.com Weltvertrieb Asian Union Film & Media Building B, Shuguang Tower. No.5 Jingshun Road, Chaoyang District 100028 Beijing, China T 10 844 099 11 wangwei@polyasian.com
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Peking, 1948. A bleak winter night. A man rides through the war-ridden city and returns home. He finds a letter awaiting him. It is a letter written by a woman before her death. In the letter she tells him the story of her love for him a life-long passion that has not diminished over time, but one that he has never known. The womans story spans 18 years from the moment she then a 13-year-old girl sets her eyes on her dashing new neighbor. She tells their brief but passionate love in her youth, the hardship she goes through raising their child alone, and their final encounter after the war, during which the man fails to recognize her and one which leaves her in despair. Now having lost her son her only tie with the man she loves she no longer has the courage to live on. Only in a letter is she capable of telling him everything, for the first and last time. To make her second movie as a director, actress Xu Jinglei decided to adapt Stefan Zweigs novel, of which there already exists a splendid adaptation by Max Ophüls. Xu Jingleis point of view endows with numerous beautiful, sensitive, and intelligent moments, the tale of this unknown girl in love with an unsuspecting man tinged with the gentle sadness and nostalgia of a love that could have been but wasnt.