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The Ark

WEI Dan
China 2020 102min DCP color/b&w Documentary 12 Asian Premiere
Overview

The Ark records an ordinary Chinese family´s spontaneous reaction and mental condition when the dying elder forced them to choose between illness and human dignity, survival, and death.

Review

The Chinese documentary The Ark has no direct connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. The central figure, a critically ill grandmother Zhang Xiuhua, is admitted to the hospital due to old age before the COVID-19 hit. At the time of the filming, it was in the early days of the COVID-19 crisis and the hospital was located far from Wuhan. However, as the family receives the bad news from the doctor and becomes too challenging to care for her, their facial expressions resemble the gloomy tone of the news about Wuhan. It was filmed using a mobile phone for not having much time looking for a hospital. (The 1:1 picture ratio starts from here.) The director carefully and sacredly captures the grandmother’s last moments. This film, which shows the process of loved ones leaving without any filter, conveys the sadness of a family and the pain to those who have barely endured and survived the heartbreaking Corona era. (MOON Seok)

* Warning for viewers: This film contains scenes that viewers may find upsetting relating to personal traumatic events.

CREDIT
  • ScreenplayWEI Dan
  • ProducerLI Shan
  • CinematographyWEI Dan
  • GafferWEI Dan
  • Production DesignWEI Dan
  • EditorWEI Dan
  • SoundYE Mao
CastZHANG Xiuhua, FENG Yanping, FENG Yanqin, FENG Yan'an
FILM SOURCE
PARALLAX Films / caoliuying@parallaxchina.com
DIRECTOR
WEI Dan
Wei Dan is a Beijing-based independent filmmaker and screenwriter. Known for his debut feature Warm House (2017) and The Ark.
Sponsor
Jeonju Office

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JEONJU Cine Complex

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