Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains - IFFAM - 4th International Film Festival and Awards ‧ Macao

Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains
Mainland China | 2019 | 150’ | DCP | Colour | Mandarin, Fuyang Dialecte | Group: B
Director: Xiaogang Gu

2019/12/07 15:30 Macao Old Court Building

Programmer’s Note

Inspired by the famous painting Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains by Huang Gongwang, the quietly powerful debut feature of Gu Xiaogang unspools, like the titled scroll, in the social landscape of a provincial town. It follows, over the course of one year, the fates of an extended family slowly coming into focus as it struggles against old and new sets of problems, in the storytelling tradition of masterpieces like Yi Yi by Edward Yang or A Time to Live, A Time to Die by Hou Hsiao-hsien. The first instalment of the trilogy A Thousand Miles of the Eastern Yangtze, the film heralds the brilliant talent of a new auteur and deserves all the critical attention it has so far received, as one of the most remarkable and fascinating films of the year. From the stunning cinematography, to the superb score of Dou Wei and the impressive acting of a cast largely composed of non-professional actors, the film is a unique work of art destined to dwell in the audience’s mind for a long time to come.

– Giovanna Fulvi


At her 70th birthday celebration, the aged mother of the Gu family suffers from a stroke, which precipitates her decline into dementia. Her four sons face crucial changes in their relationships to one another, as they deal with their own family problems. Their destinies, linked by love and challenged by questions and dilemmas, unfold over the course of four seasons, as in an ancient Chinese scroll painting.


Xiaogang Gu

Gu Xiaogang was born in Fuyang, Hangzhou. While studying Costume Design and Marketing in university, he discovered filmmaking and started to be interested in documentaries. Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains is his first feature and was selected as closing film for this weeks Critics’ Week at Cannes.  The film was shot during the four seasons over the course of two years and is the first film of his planned Scroll Painting Trilogy, “A Thousand Miles Along the Eastern Yangtze”.

Cast & Crew

Director Xiaogang Gu

Scriptwriter(s) Xiaogang Gu

Producer(s) Xufeng Huang, Qun Zhang, Jiafei Song, Suey Chen, Xiaoxiao Ning, Ying Liang

Cinematographer Ninghui Yu, Xu Deng

Production Designer Xingyu Zhou

Editor Xinzhu Liu

Music Wei Dou

Costumes Designer Lina Wang

Sound Danfeng Li, Cong Ma

Artistic Consultant Feng Mei

Executive Producer(s) Liu Rong, Yang Xianghua, Zhang Jin, Li Jia, Zhou Jiansen, Bai Yali, Song Jia

Cast Youfa Qian, Fengjuan Wang, Zhangjian Sun, Renliang Zhang, Guoying Zhang, Zhangwei Sun, Hongjun Du, Luqi Peng, Yi Zhuang, Zikang Sun, Zhenyang Dong

Production Companies Factory Gate Films, Dadi Film, iQiyi Pictures, Beijing Joy Pictures, QuJing Pictures, Chuxiao Films

Distributor ARP Selection, Beijing Joy Pictures

World Sales Wild Bunch

New Chinese Cinema