The Pluto Moment

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    The Pluto Moment

    Ming Wang Xing Shi Ke

    Directed by

    China

    2018

    110 min

    • Chinese

    Drama

    Film director and married man, Zhun Wang travels from Shanghai to the deep mountains as part of pre-production of the film THE PLUTO MOMENT. There he wants to collect folk songs with his teams, Hongmin Ding his savvy producer, Bai, a young and handsome actor, and Chun Du, camera operator and Zhun Wang’s fan. As time goes on, the dynamics among them start to change, resulting in an aimless journey. The director falls in love with Chun Du, a one-sided affection which just leads him to depression. Stuck in the remote mountains, they have to face up various difficulties and darkness inside and outside. Until the magnificient final ceremony…

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Dan Liu
    Daqian Yi
    Meihuizi Zeng
    Miya
    Xinran Li
    Xuebing Wang
    Screenplay
    Ming Zhang
    Cinematography
    Jinyang Li
    Editing
    Jin Li
    Music
    Guo Chen
    Sales
    LOCO FILMS
    Production
    IQIYI MOTION PICTURES
    Production
    WAY GOOD ENTERTAINMENT CO., LTD.

    Press

    Unlike many films about filmmaking, which lend themselves to a kind of meta self-awareness, this deceptively simple yet quietly revelatory drama features engaging characters and offers wryly ironic comments on the unpredictable nature of film production.

    Maggie Lee, Variety

    Pluto Moment thrives on this mix of earthly melodrama and ethereal imagery. With the help of DP Li Jinyang, Zhang evokes the eerie serenity of China’s provincial outback through extended sequence shots of the characters' trek across the wilderness.

    Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter

    Directed by Zhang Ming, this beautifully shot, narratively low-key road movie is a leisurely paced, sometimes enigmatic pleasure which will appeal to those who like their art cinema intelligent and slow-burning.

    Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

    Ming Zhang

    Ming Zhang

    China

    Ming Zhang (Chongqing, 1961) is an established director and writer, and Professor of the Department of Directing in Beijing Film Academy. He finished the debut IN EXPECTATION in 1996, which was premiered in the Berlin Film Festival. It won prizes at the Pusan International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Torino International Film Festival, etc. The film then opened in over 20 countries and regions. In 2001, Zhag directed the film WEEKEND PLOT, which was invited to film festivals in Tokyo, Pusan, Berlin, Rotterdam and so on. His subsequent films include BEFORE BORN (2005), THE FATHER (2006), THE BRIDE (2008), FOLK SONGS SINGING (2011) and CHINA AFFAIR (2013). Ming Zhang is regarded as one of the Sixth Generation of Chinese directors, along with Jia Zhangke and Lou Ye