From Tomorrow on, I Will

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    From Tomorrow on, I Will

    Chun nuan hua kai

    Directed by

    Germany, China, Serbia

    2019

    58 min

    • Mandarin

    Drama

    Li works nights and sleeps during the day. When he gets home, his roommate is just waking up. They have set up an improvised place to stay in a derelict building without windows in a Beijing expanding in all directions. Independent Chinese cinema often depicts gigantic skylines, shot from the perspective of people for whom they remain inaccessible and far away . It can hardly be said that Li has made it to such places. He moves through urban life and is still on the margins. The cinematography mainly consists of long shots and captures the inhospitality of the settings. Even if there are people streaming along the streets and though the squares, even if tofu and other meals are sold at the market, the precisely choreographed visual tableaus seem oddly devoid of life. Li works as a night watchman in one of the modern buildings; sometimes he has to change light bulbs. We get an impression of the different tasks and countless activities in the background that are necessary to keep the daily routines of urban life running. We share Li’s pleasure at having bought a new shirt, but when he wears it for the first time, it’s clear that he is still far from finding the rhythm of the megacity.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Li Chuan
    Wei Ruguang
    A Long
    Gu Yueqing
    Wang Luying
    Screenplay
    Ivan Marković
    Tanja Šljivar
    Wu Linfeng
    Cinematography
    Ivan Marković
    Editing
    Ivan Marković
    Wu Linfeng
    Gang Hengju
    Sales
    REDIANCE
    Production
    IVAN MARKOVIC
    Production
    WU LINFENG
    Production
    FANG LI

    Press

    Marković has a particular eye for the presence of nature amid Beijing’s urban expanse, continually gravitating to splashes of greenery among the steel and concrete — a hopeful touch signifying that life can still go on, as also mirrored by the movie’s poetic title.

    Sarah Ward, Screendaily

    Ivan Marković

    Ivan Marković

    Serbia

    Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Republic of Serbia) in 1989. In 2012, he completed his studies in Cinematography. He is currently completing his master’s degree in Art and Media at the Universität der Künste Berlin. In 2015, he participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus. Ivan Marković works as a cinematographer and filmmaker. His films include EVERYTHING IS SAFE (2009), NIGHT WALKS (2014) and IF AND OF ANY (2017). His film FROM TOMORROW ON, I WILL (2019), co-directed by Wu Linfeng, was presented at Berlin IFF.

    Wu Linfeng

    Wu Linfeng

    China

    Born in Hunan, China in 1989. He studied Film at the Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore. FROM TOMORROW ON, I WILL (2019) is his first feature-length film.