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“Tuya’s Marriage” Screening by Davidson Film Club

by | Mar 5, 2019 | Arts & Entertainment, Davidson Film Club

The Davidson Film Club is screening Tuya’s Marriage, the winner of both the Golden Bear in Berlin and the Silver Hugo in Chicago, the highest prizes at those International Film Festivals, on Saturday, March 23, at the Armour Street Theatre at 7:00 p.m.

“This 2006 drama is refreshing not only for its gentle comic touches but for director Quan’an Wang’s refusal to sentimentalize China’s vanishing nomadic culture: life is harsh and no one’s a saint, including his outspoken heroine.” Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader

Directed by Quan’an Wang

China (2006, 1h26)

In Chinese with English subtitles  

Discussion of Tuya’s Marriage will be led by Qian Wang, born and raised in China, but now living and working (Ingersoll-Rand) in Davidson.

Refreshments, including snacks, red and white wine, and bottled water, will be made available by the Film Club.

Film Summary:

Peasant Tuya (Yu Nan) is a happily married mother of two with a herd of 300 sheep. Her husband Bater was permanently disabled while digging for water in the Neimenggu (Inner Mongolia) grassland that is fast vanishing as a result of desertification. One day, after hard-working Tuya collapses while helping a neighbor who has crashed his vehicle, the local doctor diagnoses her with a dislocated lumbar. Subsequently unable to care for her invalid husband, Tuya and Bater agree to divorce so that the ailing woman can wed a husband capable of caring for both of them. . .

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer 92%!

“It’s beautiful and ordinary, strange and utterly familiar all at the same time — a wonderful film.” Dorothy Woodend, The Tyee (British Columbi)

“An authentic Mongolian romantic comedy, perhaps the first.” Kelly Vance, East Bay Express

“The arid landscape, seen with a patriotic affection, is a stirring sight. More wonderful, though, is the story: unusual, understated, and sincere.”Annie Wagner, The Stranger (Seattle)

If you are not a Davidson Film Club member, walk-ins ($9, NC Sales tax included) are always welcome, cash or check.  Walk-in students $7. 

*Reservations should be made in advance at [email protected], with payment at the door. Walk-ins without reservations are welcome but may have to be seated after members and those with reserved tickets to avoid overcrowding (fire marshal regulations).

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