Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017 Presented by Dollar Bank

Buddha Mountain (Guan Yin Shan)


Year: 2010
Country: CHINA
Run Time: 101 minutes

Buddha Mountain
Buddha Mountain
Buddha Mountain
Buddha Mountain

BUDDHA MOUNTAIN is a brilliantly acted film about aimless youth confronting grievous loss. Nan Feng is a tough girl who works as a club singer to send money home to the provinces, where her alcoholic dad is beating her mom. Ding Bo is a handsome motorbike delivery boy who can't accept the new marriage of his deadbeat father. Fei Zao is a constant eater and a childish Michael Jackson fan. After these three slacker friends are evicted from their apartment, they find new digs with Madam Chang, an old-fashioned devotee of the Peking Opera who runs a tight ship. The young people bait their new landlady, taking her money and "borrowing" her car for joyrides through the countryside. But not long after they stumble across a mountaintop Buddhist temple dedicated to the goddess of compassion, they realize that Madam Chang's rigidity actually masks a deep unhappiness. Veteran Taiwanese actress Sylvia Chang's portrayal of the grief-stricken landlady is heartbreakingly convincing. (In Mandarin with subtitles) – B.B.

Buddha Mountain (Guan Yin Shan)

CIFF36 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Friday, March 30, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Pacific Pearls

Li Yu

Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou

Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano

Mathieu Vadepied

Dorian Rigal-Ansous

Principal Cast
François Cluzet, Omar Sy

Director Bio
Li Yu was born in 1973 in Shandong Province, China. She began her career as a presenter at a local TV station. After college, she worked for China Central Television, where she directed television programs and documentaries before turning to feature films.

Select Filmography
"Fish and Elephant" (2001), "Dam Street" (2005), "Lost in Beijing" (2007), BUDDHA MOUNTAIN (2010)

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OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates, Greater Cleveland Chapter

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