A City Called Macau - IFFAM - 4th International Film Festival and Awards ‧ Macao

A City Called Macau
Macao SAR | 2018 | 127’ | DCP | Colour | Mandarin | Group: C
Director: Shaohong Li

2019/12/09 19:00 Macao Old Court Building

Programmer’s Note

It’s a pleasure to welcome back Li Shaohong – beloved heroine of China’s fifth generation to the silver screen. Her award-winning films such as Bloody Morning, Blush or Baober In Love were international successes and informed and inspired future generations of young film-makers. She has assembled a host of excellent elements for her new film. To start with, it is based on a novel by Yan Geling, the brilliant author and brazen voice of Chinese literature whose work has already been filmed by Chen Kaige (Forever Enthralled) and Zhang Yimou (Flowers Of War, Coming Home). Second, it is scripted by Lu Wei who wrote Farewell My Concubine among others. Third, it is acted by a stellar cast led by Bai Baihe, giving a nuanced and captivating performance as Mei, and featuring Wu Gang and Huang Jue. The film sees some of China’s best at work. Li captures the daily life and complexity of Macao, and under her inspired direction, the city, which is one of the most cinematic places in the world, finally gets a definitive on screen portrait. A must-see.

– Giovanna Fulvi


Macao, with its four hundred years of colonial history, is a dream city. Mei Xiaoou lives in this dynamic city and meets the three most important men in her life there. The first man Lu Jingtong is the father of her son. Mei used to think that their child could rescue their failing marriage, but he didn’t. The second man is the elegant Duan Kaiwen, who becomes a close partner in her life and business. But he never made her feel secure. The third man is Shi Qilan, an artist and the most incongruous in Mei’s world. Mei finds herself gambling everything that she has on this romance.


Shaohong Li

Li Shaohong is one of the most famous female directors in China, and her films express a strong sense of feminism. She is considered one of the Fifth Generation directors along with her Beijing Film Academy classmates like Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige and Tian Zhuangzhuang. Graduating from the Academy in 1982, she shot her first film The Case Of The Silver Snake in 1988. She won the Silver Leopard in Locarno for Bloody Morning (1992) and a Silver Bear in Berlin for Blush (1995). Her 2005 film Stolen Life won the founders award at Tribeca, and she later became one of the biggest TV drama producers and directors in Asia with series like Ren Jian Si Yue Tian and Orange Turn Ripe. She has been the president of the China Film Directors’ Association since 2011.

Cast & Crew

Director Shaohong Li

Scriptwriter(s) Wei Lu, Geling Yan, Man-Keung Chan

Producer(s) Shaohong Li

Cinematographer Nianping Zeng

Production Designer Man Wah Luk (Ben)

Editor Willian Chang

Music Peter Kam

Costumes Designer

Cast Baihi Bai, Jue Huang, Gang Wu, Tian Liang, Siu-ho Chin

Production Companies ROSAT Media & Entertianment Corporation

Distributor A Really Happy Film (HK) Limited

World Sales Distribution Workshop (BVI) Limited

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