The Road to Mandalay

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    The Road to Mandalay

    Zai jian wa cheng

    Directed by

    Myanmar, Taiwan, China, France, Germany

    2016

    107 min

    • Burmese

    Drama

    Lianqing and Guo meet when they illegally crossed into Thailand. Lianqing finds a job as a dishwasher in a restaurant while Guo works in a textile factory in the suburbs. But Guo's faith in Lianqing is diminishing rapidly; their love is irreversibly doomed.

    Awards

    • Fedeora Award for Best Film - Venice IFF
    • Golden Unicorn for a Feature Film - Amiens IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Kai Ko
    Wu Ke-Xi
    Screenplay
    Midi Z
    Cinematography
    FAN Sheng-Siang
    Editing
    Matthieu Laclau
    Sales
    UDI - URBAN DISTRIBUTION INTERNATIONAL
    Production
    HOUSE ON FIRE PRODUCTIONS
    Production
    BOMBAY BERLIN FILM PRODUCTION
    Production
    SEASHORE IMAGE PRODUCTIONS
    Production
    FLASH FORWARD ENTERTAINMENT
    Production
    POP PICTURES COMPANY LIMITED
    Production
    MYANMAR MONTAGE FILMS

    Press

    Midi Z’s control of mood, pace and performance builds an engrossing drama.

    Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

    It all builds up to a conclusion as breathtaking as it is unpredictable.

    Vittoria Scarpa, Cineuropa

    Midi Z continues his impressive run... his best work yet.

    Richard Kuipers, Variety

    An indie stalwart's refined leap into the mainstream.

    Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter

    A film firmly grounded in humanity and the many unpleasant truths about our world.

    Zhuo-Ning Su, The Film Stage

    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.

    Selected Filmography