Qin Hao, who plays the riverboat captain at the heart of Yang Chao’s “Chang Jiang Tu” (Crosscurrent), projected in competition at the Berlinale.
Photo courtesy of the Berlinale
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Director Yang Chao says his film "Chang Jiang Tu" (Crosscurrent), shown in competition Monday at the Berlin International film Festival, is like a love poem for the most important river in China – and also one of its most damaged.It follows young river captain Gao Chun (Qin Hao) as he steers his decrepit hulk of a freighter, the Guang 039, up the 6,300-kilometers river to deliver a mysterious cargo.During the voyage, Gao Chun reads from a book of poetry that is hidden away in a special compartment on the boat, while the screen flashes verses from famous poets of Chinese history.The film shows the rusty Guang 039 going through the huge, ultra-modern locks at Three Gorges in order to continue its trip upriver.
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