To Live To Sing
Zhao Li is the manager of a small Sichuan Opera troupe. When their theater risks getting demolished, she desperately tries to find a new venue.Subscribe Now
Zhao Li is the manager of a small Sichuan Opera troupe. When their theater risks getting demolished, she desperately tries to find a new venue. Soon, the line between her bleak reality and the colorful fantasy of opera starts to magically blur.
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Director’s Fortnight Nominee
Best Film of Asian New Talent
Zhao Xiaoli, Best Actress
Best Film Nominee
Chinese Competition, Best Screenplay
"An ode to a vanishing way of life."
"...a successful and highly humanistic mix of drama, ethnography and (mild) social commentary..."
"...a beautifully compact and empathetic performance from Zhao Xiaoli, leader of the real-life opera group..."
"Zhao makes the transition from heavily painted, ornamented, and arcanely codified stage performer to subtle, natural, and wholly heartbreaking screen presence with exceptional grace."
"...drama about family, about the clash between tradition and change. Through its often nostalgic tone and its performances, it may also be a statement about the importance of dreams, of those of the past and the present, and how they may create those necessary visions for the future."
Zhao Xiaoli is a professional Sichuan Opera singer.