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TILL LOVE DO US PART

Feature Film by Ran Li

COMING IN 2022 / 117 min

30 year-old college lecturer Shu falls madly in love with a theater director Fan in Prague, during a work trip to Europe. However she has a fiancé Hu to marry, and a decent middleclass life in China to pursue. She faces the biggest dilemma of her life...

The film is shot in China and the Czech Republic.

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China’s middle class are rising rapidly. Till love do us part is an inner journey of a Chinese middle-class woman’s self-realization and her consciousness awakening, beneath the surface of a love story. It’s also a film about different values and perspectives, eastern and western, and the core question, what ‘love’ means, and the never-ending journey of finding who we are and what we need.

MAKING OF

Till love do us part

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DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

As a writer-director, I hope my film reflect my authentic life experience. Born in Beijing, I graduated from Tsinghua University School of Law. Then I took a scholarship opportunity in Europe. Four years of studying abroad brought me a new understanding of life. Eventually I switched my career from law to filmmaking.

In 2016, I returned to Beijing and started a new chapter in life. All my friends were living a stable, comfortable middle-class life. Meanwhile, an impulse to break the shackles of ordinary life, is brewing in almost everyone’s mind. My story was inspired by this reality.

The film is centered on characters and stories with realistic brushstrokes, handheld photography with a sense of breathing, laying out a natural narrative atmosphere. Through the plots that take place in China and Europe, echoes the transformation of the heroine‘s outlook on love and life. I want the film to have no intentional moral implication or social agenda. Everything evolves around the characters, in the moment, grounded and natural.

director Ran Li

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CAST

Shu

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CUISHAN LIANG

Cuishan Liang is an actress who specializes in stage theater. She works with French theater director Philippe Gaulier. She began her film career in 2018 and starred in award winning films for which she was recognized including CLOUD IN HER ROOM (IFFR Golden Tiger 2020) by director Zheng Lu Xin Yuan.

Fan

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NINGHAO ZHANG

Ninghao Zhang is an actor and musician, graduated from Shanghai Theater Academy. He works with Japanese theater master Suzuki Tadashi in Japan. His most recent work is STARS AWAIT US (Tallin Black Nights Film Festival 2020).

CAST

Liang Cuishan, Zhang Ninghao, Anežka Kalivodová, Chi-Hua Lee-Secci, Chun Fai Wan, Abigail Rice, Tina Afiyan Breiová, Jakub Rezek, Kristína Martanovičová, Lukáš Bliss Bláha, Eva Stará, Dáša Horváthová, Karolína Křížková, Martin Kadrnožka, Lukáš Bernáth, Beatriz Abrisqueta, Reesi Elisabeth, Anna Patočková, Zuzana Páleníková, Patrik Holubář

CREW

director: Ran Li executive producer: Michal Sikora dop: Hu Chen b-cam operator: Ondřej Belica focus pullers: Zaher Jureidini, Mithila Joshi, Branko Avramovski, Nicole Goode 2nd ac: Jin-Yuan Liu, Martin Dvořáček, Mihir Kulkarni steadicam: Patrick Gregg 1st ad: Sheida Sheikhha 2nd ad: Xueni Yang production: Antonie Dědečková, Ivan Kubál, Donika Žánová, Olga Sochorová, Holden McNeil extras: KN Casting – Kamil Novák, Alice Kalová
gaffing team:
 Murat Emkuzhev, Kamil Zvoníček, Bruno Grandino, Riyana Lama sound: Martin Karel Klusoň, Elena Omura, Pavel Vrtěl, Václav Zlo production design: John Laing, Jennifer M. Bailey costume: Klára Toráčová, Arina Taylasheva make-up artist: Miroslava Mirinda photographer: Sára Kaňaková