Hull Independent Cinema: SO LONG, MY SON
February 11 @ 7:30 pm - 10:40 pm£5 – £7
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Xiaoshuai Wang | 2019 | China | Cert 12A | 185 min | Mandarin with English subtitles
SO LONG, MY SON traces the lives of two families over three decades of social, political and human upheaval in China. Following the loss of a child in a tragic accident, their paths separate. Yet even as their lives diverge, a common search for truth and reconciliation around the tragedy remains.
Note that this film is 3 hours 5 minutes in length. There will be no trailers and the film will begin immediately after a short introduction.
SO LONG MY SON traces the lives of two families over three decades of social, political and human upheaval in China. Following the loss of a child in a tragic accident, their paths separate. Yaojun and Liyun leave their home and plunge into the big city, although nobody knows them there and they cannot even understand the local dialect. Their adopted son Liu Xing does not offer them the comfort they had hoped for either. Defiantly rejecting his ‘foreign’ parents, he one day disappears altogether.
Destinies ebb and flow, and fortunes are transformed under the impact of a country’s changing face. Yet even as their lives diverge, a common search for truth and reconciliation around the tragedy remains.
In this family saga spanning three decades of Chinese history, the private and the political merge and the individual gets caught up in the gears of a society in the throes of constant change. Part melodrama, part critique of the times, this film takes us from China’s 1980s upheavals to the prospering turbo-capitalism of the present day. Intimate in focus yet epic in size and scope, SO LONG, MY SON sets a heartbreaking saga of family tragedy against the changing face of modern China.
Starring Jinchung Wang, Mei Yong.
Awards and Reviews
Winner, Best Actor, Best Actress – Berlin International Film Festival; Winner, 3 Golden Rooster (China Film Association) Awards; Nominated for 6 Asia Pacific Screen Awards
“A piercingly, profoundly moving picture that peels and exposes the senses.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“A lingering, heart-breaking epic of great subtlety, specificity and ultimately universal power.” Josh Slater-Williams, Little White Lies
SO LONG, MY SON is rated 12A. Visit the BBFC website for full details (may include plot spoilers).
The venue is open all day, so why not come along early to grab a drink and a snack?
The programme run time includes an allowance for introductions. Because of the length of the film there will be no trailers. While we will endeavour to accommodate latecomers, this may not always be possible. Please note that we reserve the right to refuse entry, without a refund, to anyone arriving after the advertised start time.
Tickets terms and conditions
If any tickets remain unsold they can be purchased on the door on the night of the screening, but we strongly advise buying in advance. Advance tickets must be purchased; we cannot reserve tickets. Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.
If you purchase a membership or student ticket your membership card / student ID MUST be presented along with your ticket on the door when you come to a film. If you do not have your membership card / student ID we reserve the right to charge the non-discount rate for your ticket.