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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.

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To Live To Sing

活着唱着 Drama

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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Details

  • Johnny Ma
  • Zhao Xiaoli
    Gan Guidan
    Yan Xihu
  • China
    France
    Canada
  • Chinese
  • 105 Mins
  • 2019

Accolades

Cannes Film Festival, 2019

Director’s Fortnight Nominee

Shanghai International Film Festival, 2019

Best Film of Asian New Talent

Shanghai International Film Festival, 2019

Zhao Xiaoli, Best Actress

Macao International Film Festival, 2019

Best Film Nominee

Macao International Film Festival, 2019

Chinese Competition, Best Screenplay

Critics

The Hollywood Reporter

"An ode to a vanishing way of life."

The Hollywood Reporter

"...a successful and highly humanistic mix of drama, ethnography and (mild) social commentary..."

Variety

"...a beautifully compact and empathetic performance from Zhao Xiaoli, leader of the real-life opera group..."

Rotten Tomatoes

"Zhao makes the transition from heavily painted, ornamented, and arcanely codified stage performer to subtle, natural, and wholly heartbreaking screen presence with exceptional grace."

Asian Movie Pulse

"...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."

Trivia

Zhao Xiaoli is a professional Sichuan Opera singer.