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Pengfei – The Taste of Rice Flower #Venezia74

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Issues of poverty, religion, and ethnic minority’s traditions collide in Pengfei’s second feature film.

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8 min. and 57 sec.

PODCAST | Zoe Meng Jiang interviews Pengfei, director of the film The Taste of Rice Flower.

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Pengfei talks about how he got interested in China’s southwest region bordering Myanmar, where features great ethnic diversity. He spent one year there for field work. He also talks about the experience of working with amateur actors on set.

The Taste of Rice Flower: Ye Nan, a mother belonging to the Dai minority, comes back to her village after living in the city. She wants to take care of the 13-year-old daughter she’d left behind, but the road to rebuilding their relationship is full of obstacles. One day her daughter is arrested for stealing money from the village’s most sacred temple with her friend. Since people think the girls are possessed by the devil, they decide to save them by worshipping a stone Buddha in a 250-million-year-old karst cave during the Water-Sprinkling Festival.

For the official page of the film in the festival website, click here.

  • Reporter
    Zoe Meng Jiang
  • Guest
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    The Taste of Rice Flower
  • Festival section
    Venice Days
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