Three Sisters

  • France
  • Hong Kong SAR China
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Three little sisters, Ying (10 years old), Zhen (6 years old) and Fen (4 years old) live alone in a small village in the high mountains of the Yunnan region. The father works in the town a few hundred kilometers down the mountain and the mother has left long ago. The little girls don’t go to school, spending their days working in the fields or wandering in the village. Quiet and patient, Ying takes care of her two sisters and does most of the fieldwork. Sometime, they help their grandfather and aunt in exchange for a meal. One day the father returns from the city. Worrying that his girls would grow up without someone taking care of them, he decides to take with him to the city the younger ones and leave Ying alone under the supervision of her grandfather. Ying now has to adapt to an even more solitary life.

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  • Original title
    San Zimei
  • Direction
  • DOP
    Huang Wenhai, Li Peifeng, Wang Bing
  • Editing
    Adam Kerby, Louise Prince
  • Sound
    Fu Kang, Antoine Fournier
  • Duration
    153 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • France
    • Hong Kong SAR China
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Venice IFF 2012, Orizzonti
    • Toronto IFF 2012
    • Busan IFF 2012
    • Viennale 2012
    • Brisbane BIFFDOCS 2012
    • Festival of 3 Continents, Nantes 2012
    • Tokyo Filmex 2012
    • Dubai FF 2012
    • Mexico IFF Ficunam 2013
    • Hong Kong IFF 2013 ​
    • Doclisboa 2012
  • Awards
    • Venice 2012, Orizzonti - Best Film Award
    • Doclisboa 2012 - Best Film Award
    • Dubai FF 2012 - Best Documentary Award
    • Fribourg IFF 2013 - Best Film Award, Don Quixote Award, E-Changer Award, Ecumenical Jury Award


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