Vancouver International Film Festival 2021
Screening Dates
VIFF 2021

With laid-back rhythm and solemn black-and-white images resembling ink-brush paintings, A Chat conjures a serene, reflective female space inhabited by an independent divorcee and her niece. Qing runs her own tailoring shop in a quiet Southern Chinese town. One summer, her niece Yue comes to stay with Qing and learn her craft. Family secrets surface in forlorn reveries and haunt them in an empty movie theatre. It turns out that Yue has other reasons to be there, and Qing’s relationship with a caring man is not what it seems. Finally, a trip to their hometown brings a catharsis of sorts. The loss of children emerges as a recurrent motif which may obliquely allude to the One-Child Policy. Under Wang Xide’s unostentatious and calm direction, Ying Ze and newcomer Mu Ruini give hushed performances that evoke women’s dignity as they strive to live without the support or burden of men.

Cast: Ying Ze, Mu Ruini, Xu Tao, Yao Bolan, Hou Yisong

Gateway: Journey into the cinematic reaches of East Asia with some of the world’s most compelling storytellers as your guides.

VIFF Signature

The Cinematheque is pleased to join with the Vancouver International Film Festival in co-presenting these in-cinema screenings during VIFF 2021. Please note that Cinematheque Passes and Ticket Packs are not valid for any Vancouver International Film Festival screenings.