City of Jade

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    City of Jade

    Fei cui zhi cheng

    Directed by

    Myanmar, Taiwan

    2016

    99 min

    • Burmese

    Documentary

    When the war between the Myanmar army and the KIA broke out, the corporations fled the mines. Hundreds of thousands of workers flocked in, seizing the chance to make a fortune. Recently, my eldest brother was released from prison. He has recruited a group of workers, ready to make a comeback in the jade mines. Day and night, they live in a cycle of digging, eating and sleeping. The only thing on their minds is to find a jade stone that fetches a good price. My brother wants to make a fresh start, but the friends with whom he used to take drugs are back. Will the “city of jade” make these men rich overnight, or drag them back to the dark world of narcotics?

    Awards

    • Award for Music - Taipei FF
    • Best Original Film Score - Taipei Golden Horse FF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Midi Z
    Wu Pei-chi
    Cinematography
    Midi Z
    Wang Fu-ang
    Editing
    Midi Z
    Lin Sheng-wen
    Music
    Lim Giong
    Production
    SEASHORE IMAGE PRODUCTION

    Press

    An absorbing and highly personal essay.

    Richard Kuipers, Variety

    Midi Z’s thoughtful narration imparts a strong sense of curiosity and an undercurrent of trepidation.

    Richard Kuipers, Variety

    Midi Z

    Midi Z

    Taiwan

    When camera is on, reality is gone.

    Midi Z was born in 1982. He was raised in Myanmar, Burma, but trained as an artist in Taiwan. His graduation short PALOMA BLANCA was screened in numerous film festivals. In 2009, he was selected as the leading screenwriter and leading director in the Taipei Golden Horse Film Academy organized by Hou Hsiao-hsien. Produced by Hou Hsiao-hsien, Midi Z made a short fillm, HUA-XING INCIDENT. In 2011, he made his first feature film RETURN TO BURMA, which was selected by Busan Int’l Film Festival and premiered in Europe in the prestigious Tiger Awards Competition section of the 2012 Int’l Film Festival of Rotterdam. THE PALACE ON THE SEA has led to another Tiger Award nomination in 2014, this time for short films. Midi Z's ICE POISON (2014) won Best Film in Edinburgh and represented Taiwan at the Foreign Language Oscars. JADE MINERS (2015), his first documentary, screened at the Taipei International film Festval and at the Int’l Film Festival of Rotterdam, followed by CITY OF JADE which was selected at the Berlinale Forum 2016. He was awarded Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker in 2016 during the Golden Horse Awards to acknowledge his excellence in both feature film and documentary, as well as how his achievement broadens the horizon of Taiwanese cinema. His latest feature NINA WU (2019) is selected as part of Un Certain Regard at Festival de Cannes.

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