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Genre: lgbt drama
Programme
Synopsis

While Chinese queer directors have explored trans characters and featured trans actors before, Zhang Wei’s „The Rib” is the first mainstream feature film to interrogate contemporary Chinese society’s transphobia. Trans woman Huang Yi braves coming out to her patronizing male roommate and her devoutly Catholic father, whose signature she needs for male-to-female surgery. Meanwhile, Huang’s defiantly proud post-op friend, Liu Mann, reminds us all that the greatest challenges are of the heart, not the body. A director of passionate, socially topical films including „Factory Boss” (2014), Zhang Wei has created a queer-positive film that details patriarchy, heterosexism, and transphobia while following a father’s gradual recognition of his daughter’s struggle and his embrace of a new meaning for family.

Director
Wei Zhang
Filmography
  • Destiny (2016)
  • The Rib (2018)
Wed, 28.11.2018
8:00 pm
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 9
130706
Subtitles: 
ENG
Screening code: 130706
Movie guests
 Grace Yue Zhuo
Thu, 29.11.2018
6:30 pm
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 4
140406
Subtitles: 
ENG
Screening code: 140406
Movie guests
 Grace Yue Zhuo
Sat, 01.12.2018
7:30 pm
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 4
160407
Subtitles: 
ENG
Screening code: 160407
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.
Film info
Country: China
Year: 2018
Duration: 85 minutes
Language: Chinese
Director: Wei Zhang
Producer: Wei Zhang
Writers: Ruirui Chen, Hao Meng, He Zhang, Marlo Bernier, Amory Hui, Ye Qin, Dan Li, Xuejun Wu
Cast: Jingyi Huang, Weijie Yuan, Deng Gao, Hao Meng
Productions: ShenZhen HuaHao Film & Media Co., Ltd.
Festival: Busan
Supported by the China Onscreen Biennial:
Synopsis

While Chinese queer directors have explored trans characters and featured trans actors before, Zhang Wei’s „The Rib” is the first mainstream feature film to interrogate contemporary Chinese society’s transphobia. Trans woman Huang Yi braves coming out to her patronizing male roommate and her devoutly Catholic father, whose signature she needs for male-to-female surgery. Meanwhile, Huang’s defiantly proud post-op friend, Liu Mann, reminds us all that the greatest challenges are of the heart, not the body. A director of passionate, socially topical films including „Factory Boss” (2014), Zhang Wei has created a queer-positive film that details patriarchy, heterosexism, and transphobia while following a father’s gradual recognition of his daughter’s struggle and his embrace of a new meaning for family.

Director
Wei Zhang
Filmography
  • Destiny (2016)
  • The Rib (2018)