Under the Hawthorn Tree sees director Zhang Yimou move away from the lavish spectacle of his most recent work with an adaptation of the popular novel ‘Hawthorn Tree Forever’. Set during the turbulent period of the Cultural Revolution, this ravishingly shot film tells the story of a student who is sent to be re-educated through work in the countryside only to find true love in the form of a young geologist working nearby. However, the social and political differences between their families means that love cannot always run smoothly. Be warned – have your handkerchiefs at the ready!
With an introduction from Robert Hamilton, Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Supported by Confucius Institute and Manchester Metropolitan University