Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

The Wild Goose Lake
(Nan Fang Che Zhan De Ju Hui)

Year: 2019
Language: Mandarin, French
Run Time: 113 minutes

The Wild Goose Lake
The Wild Goose Lake
The Wild Goose Lake
The Wild Goose Lake

From China, THE WILD GOOSE LAKE lures viewers into the slick, neon underworld of its down-and-dirty gangster milieu on the outskirts of Wuhan. Chopped and screwed to dizzying effect, this hyper-stylized neo-noir explodes this classic genre into something visually mesmerizing and sonically engrossing like no other. Zhou Zenong is a hardened, stone-faced tough guy on the run after he accidentally kills a cop, and a huge sum is placed on his head—dead or alive. He soon encounters femme fatale, Liu Aiai, a weary prostitute there to deliver him to a local mob boss, using his long-estranged wife as undeniable bait. Looping through flashbacks and whirling between the hierarchies of Chinese crime dynasties and police squadrons, this kinetic feature crackles with electric filmmaking prowess from beginning to brutal end. It is an endlessly surprising, wholly unique viewing experience that marks the arrival of filmmaker Diao Yinan as a new master of the medium. (In Mandarin and French with subtitles) — R.J.T.

CIFF44 Screenings

Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 1:50 PM

Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:20 AM

Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 8:45 PM

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 10:00 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

After Hours
Pan-Asian Cinema

International Narrative Competition


Diao Yinan

Li Li, Shen Yang

Diao Yinan

Dong Jinsong

Kong Jinlei, Matthieu Laclau

Principal Cast
Hu Ge, Gwei Lun Mei, Liao Fan, Wan Qian, Qi Dao

Film Contact
Donate >


Your donation helps fulfill our mission to promote artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition.

Sign up for our email newsletter

  • facebook
  • twitter
  • instagram
  • youtube
  • flickr
  • alexa
  • foursquare



We promise you, it will make a difference!

Give Today