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Dog Barking at the Moon (A)

China | Spain, Mandarin, 107 mins

  • Director: Lisa Zi Xiang
  • Writer: Lisa Zi Xiang

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When the young student Li Jiumei meets her future husband Huang Tao, she is youthful and happy; her daughter Huang Xiaoyu has not yet been born and the secrets of the family are still hidden behind closed doors deep inside the house. Her daughter Huang Xiaoyu is already a young girl when creeping suspicion overcomes Li Jiumei. She kicks down a door behind which she catches her husband with a young man. Huang Xiaoyu is now pregnant and living in the USA; a little while later she returns to pay a visit with her boyfriend. She discovers that, in addition to bitterness and hatred, the teachings of an ominous sect have now also spread throughout the house.

Chinese director Xiang Zi masterfully interweaves the narrative strands of this complex family saga that unfolds simultaneously in different periods. In carefully composed and at times surreal images, a chronicle of reticence gradually unfolds that has much larger dimensions than one might first assume. This is a tale of suppressed desire, the social importance of marriage, and the frostiness that exists between the walls of a wealthy Chinese family home.


Trailer...

Trailer 'A Dog Barking at the Moon' (English) from Acorn Studio on Vimeo.

Cast & Characters

Naren Hua as Li Jiumei
Nan Ji as Huang Xiaoyu

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