Out of competition films

Painted Skin: The Resurrection

Saturday 13 April 2013 11:30 am

Painted Skin: The Resurrection

by Wuershan – China, 2012

(130', Digital, Original version with Italian subtitles)


Movie presented in collaboration with Udine Far East Film Festival

According to demon lore, it takes hundreds of years to attain human form. Even then, lacking a human heart, a demon cannot experience the true pains and passions of existence. However, there is a legend that if a pure human heart is freely offered to a demon, it can become a mortal and experience true life. Xiaowei, a millenia-old fox spirit, has been imprisoned for centuries under a frozen lake as punishment for violating the laws of the demon world. Her sheer will to survive attracted the bird spirit Que’r who broke through the ice and revived her. Xiaowei saw two choices: experience true death or become truly human. She regains her strength - and youth - by consuming the heart of a stranger, transforming herself into a beautiful seductress. Unknown to her, the stranger is the Prince of Tianliang Kingdom. Princess Jing, the fourteenth daughter of the Han Dynasty King, has been betrothed to the Tianliang Prince so as to maintain peace in her own kingdom.


Wuershan was born in 1972 in Huhehaote, Inner Mongolia. He studied oil painting in China’s Central Institution of Fine Arts before joining the directing course at the Beijing Film Academy. After graduating, Wuershan started his career in advertising, becoming one of China’s most successful television commercials directors. Wuershan directed his first feature in 2003, the experimental and independent Soap Opera that it premiered in the New Currents competition of the Busan International Film Festival. Wuershan returned to film-making in 2010 with The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival where it became an instant cult hit.


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