<![endif]I had the chance yesterday during the 8
International Film Festivalto meet for the second time Chinese
Lu Chuan陸川, 4 years after the French theatrical release of his second feature film
Kekexili : Mountain Patrol 可可西里» (at that time, I
interviewed him for a French magazine named “Mad Asia”).
This time, I actually had the honour to introduce with him at the
festival, his last
Life and Death南京!南京!”, a powerful
and moving masterpiece about the Nanking Massacre of 1937, which took almost
five years to be made (It was actually presented at the
HAF – Asian Film
Financing Forumback in 2005).
Among the few questions that I asked the director during the
presentation, there was one about a rumour that the movie was shot in colour in
the beginning and then put in black and white to tone down the violence. And
this rumour was actually wrong. It was an aesthetic choice decided since the
beginning that it’d be a black and white movie.
City ofLifeand Death” will be
released officially in the French theatres onJuly 21th, 2010and I think I’ll go to watch it again.