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Ciao Ciao

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City girl Ciao Ciao’s roots are in the country where she is paying her parents a visit. She’s confident that she will be returning to the city soon. Until then she is killing time texting her girlfriend in the megalopolis, Kanton. Together, they are planning to open up a shop of their own. But the longer she spends in this little backwater, the more her standard outfit of Louis Vuitton bag, heels and a Hermès scarf begins to look like a joke against the vividly green landscape. The local hairdresser, who comes from Kanton, would seem to be the only one who understands her. When she gets involved with Li Wei, the good-for-nothing, mostly inebriated son of a corn whiskey distiller – a connection that her mother and Li Wei’s father would seem to have engineered – a drama à la Tennessee Williams begins to take its course. Contrasting the wide expanse of the landscape with the faces of the protagonists, Song Chuan has found a powerful visual language for his portrait of the dissatisfied Ciao Ciao who struggles against rural life, but finds herself sucked in by it. In this seeming idyll there lurks a dangerous sense of frustration that is just waiting for an opportunity to burst out.

Song Chuan

France / People's Republic of China 2017


83 min · Colour


Liang Xueqin (Ciao Ciao)
Zhang Yu (Li Wei)
Hong Chang (Mr. Li)
Zhou Lin (Ciao Ciao's mother)
Wang Laowu (Ciao Ciao's father)
Zhou Quan (Hairdresser)


Written and directed by
Song Chuan
Director of Photography
Li Xuejun
Jean-Marie Lengellé
Jean-Christophe Onno
Sound Design
Jules Wysocki
Gao Yuan
Production Design
Wang Laowu
Zhang Xiaojuan
Zhang Xiaojuan
Assistant Director
Zhou Quan
Production Manager
Zhang Jian
Guillaume de la Boulaye
He Xiaoyun, Volksrepublik China, Thomas He, Hong Kong


Song Chuan

Born in the southern Chinese province of Yunnan in 1980, he graduated with a masters in filmmaking from the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijing in 2006. He then began writing and directing films and documentaries for television. His debut feature Huan Huan was made with non-professional actors from his home village and screened at Chinese and international film festivals including New Directors/New Films in New York. His first professionally-produced feature Ciao Ciao was supported by the World Cinema Fund and also took part in the L'Atelier de la Cinéfondation in Cannes.


2011 Huan Huan 2017 Ciao Ciao

Produced by

Zorba Production
Paris, France
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