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THE ROAD TO MANDALAY

a film by Midi Z

Winner: Best Film, FEDEORA  Award, Venice Film Festival 2016

Taiwan-based Burmese filmmaker Midi Z returns with his fourth feature, The Road to Mandalay, and arguably his best work to date. Continuing his preoccupation with Burmese exiles in this love story about two illegal immigrants searching for a better life in Bangkok, Midi Z powerfully presents the trials and tribulations of those seeking to escape conflict and poverty in Burma, resorting to human traffickers to cross over the border into a less than welcoming Thailand.

An eerie soundscape alongside dreamlike, and almost surreal sequences amplify the disillusionment, displacement and alienation felt by the characters, albeit both with quite differing views of starting a new life it as immigrants.

Midi Z’s regular actress Wu Ke-xi gives a striking performance, alongside Taiwanese star Kai Ko in this outstanding drama, firmly placing Midi Z among the top contemporary Asian social realist filmmakers today.

 

Official festival selections:

Venice Film Festival 2016

Toronto International Film Festival 2016

Busan International Film Festival 2016

 

Screen International – Midi Z’s control of mood, pace and performance builds an engrossing drama

Variety – Burmese director Midi Z continues his impressive run with an affecting drama about illegal immigrants in Bangkok

The Skinny ★★★★– Burmese director Midi Z’s vivid new film follows a pair of illegal immigrants in Bangkok

Eye for Film ★★★★ – a strong, atmospheric piece of work that has something to say about the human spirit

CREDITS:

Written & Directed by: Midi Z

Cinematography: Tom Fan

Cast: Kai Ko, Wu Ke-xi, Yue Gai-huan, Wang Shin-hong, Zhao De-fu, Zheng Meng-lan, Pan Zheng-li, Kuang jia-en, Li Wan-wu, Xu De-wei

Producers: Patrick Mao Huang, Midi Z
Executive producers: Wang Shih-hsiung, Bob Wong, Angie Chai
Co-producers: Vincent Wang, Dominique Welinski, Aditya Assarat, Zhao De-fu, Katharina Suckale, Arfi Lamba.

Production: A Fine Times Entertainment, CMC Entertainment, Seashore Image Productions, Flash Forward Entertainment, House on Fire, Pop Pictures, Myanmar Montage Films, Bombay Berlin Film Prod.

Editor: Matthieu Laclau

Country of production: Taiwan, Myanmar, France, Germany

Year: 2016

Running time: 108 mins

Languages: Mandarin, Thai + subtitles

 

SCREENINGS:

Glasgow Film Festival – 16 February 2016 – UK premiere

London – Chinese Visual Festival, BFI Southbank: 11 May 2017 – London premiere