Interview with Director Yang Chao: “I always thought the water is something really inspiring, mysterious and interesting”

Born in 1974, screenwriter and director, graduate of Beijing Film Academy, member of the Sixth Generation of Chinese filmmakers. His graduate short feature won a Cinéfondation award at Cannes Iff in 2001. His debut feature, “Passages,” also premiered in Cannes and received a Special Mention. Making “Crosscurrent” took him almost 10 years.

The concept for the film was created in cooperation with cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bing. The film brought him a Silver Bear at this year’s Berlinale.

On the occasion of Crosscurrent screening at Five Flavours 2017, we speak with him about the long process that brought the film to life, the Yangtze River and Science Fiction genre.

We know that Crosscurrent took almost 10 years to be realized. Can you tell us a bit about the structure of this long process?

The first six years of my work were spent basically scouting for locations and travelling around the Yangtze River, trying to find
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