Parallax Set sales slate for Shanghai Film Festival Pair

Parallax China, one of China’s leading independent film sales companies, has acquired the rights to a pair of titles debuting this week at the Shanghai International Film Festival.

It is handling global sales of ‘Qian Tang River’, directed by Wan Bo, and ‘Another Day of Hope’ by Liu Taifeng. Both are directorial debuts and both appear in the non-competitive Refreshing Chinese Cinema section.

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Set in the 1950s at a place on the Qiantang River, notorious for its dangerous tides, ‘Qian Tang River’ chronicles three generations of a family, their beliefs, battles and failures. The cast is led by Wang Zheng, Chen Yunong, Liu Lu, Wang Yidi and Yao Anlian. The drama written by Liu Yiying and Wan is produced by Gao Yujie. The cinematography is by Zhang Xing.

In ‘Another Day of Hope’, Wen Li’s everyday life is destroyed by an accident. Until then, he had been a product manager at an Internet delivery company, where his life was dominated by excessive overtime and night shifts. His wife runs a dance studio while their daughter prepares for high school entrance exams.

Mariko Tetsuya’s Japanese short film ‘Before Everyone Else’ plays in Shanghai’s premier Golden Goblet competition.

“Jimmy and Lex find a boy in a car, but instead of saving him, they steal a gun from the glove compartment. Jimmy then accidentally fires it before returning to save the boy. The film reaches a climax as Lex becomes increasingly abusive to the boy and Jimmy learns that his shot may have accidentally killed someone,” according to a synopsis from the company. The film was written by Gregory Collins and Mariko and stars Komatsu Akiyo, Chloe Skoczen and Kenzo Yeung.

The company also represents ‘Indera’, a new horror film from Malaysian Woo Ming Jin, which will screen at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) next month. The story of the film, starring Shaheizy Sam, Azira Shafinaz, Samara Kenzo, Ruminah Sidek and Adlin Aman Ramlie, is drawn from the backstory of a real event that took place in 1985. As villagers and government police are locked in a standoff, a father and daughter who settle in a house deep in rural Malaysia. But there, ghosts and demons are just as dangerous as guns and knives.

The Chinese title ‘A Long Shot’, about a retired sniper who tries to guide a single mother’s child away from a life of crime, will also star in BiFan. It is directed by Gao Peng.

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