A few weeks ago principal shooting wrapped on director Hu Xueyang’s (胡雪杨) latest film, Shanghai 1976 (《上海1976》), a Cultural Revolution era romance involving two half-Chinese half-Caucasian sisters, daughters of a missionary. Here’s the IMDB plot summary:
Shanghai 1976 is a moving story that tells the tale of a forbidden love and of the loss of innocence in Shanghai, China, in the turbulent year 1976. Four young people come of age and fall in love against the backdrop of political and historical events. Their heritage reflects Shanghai’s cosmopolitan history. Two Eurasian girls, sisters, meet and fall in love with two Chinese men. As their lives become more entangled, they find themselves ostracized. While the Great Cultural Revolution unravels around them, these four begin to dream new dreams, to reach for freedom and to nurture hope for a brighter future.
The film stars noted French actor Jean-Hugues Anglade, who starred in films such as Betty Blue (The original French title is 37°2 le matin) and plays the role of a priest and father of the two girls in the film. For the role, Anglade visited a former reeducation through labor camp (link/article in French) in Anhui province.
We don’t know what the official release date of the film will be, since it just finished shooting a few weeks ago. The French article says that it will be released this year, so we are guessing sometime in the fall or winter.
Photo of Jean-Hugues Anglade from a Yahoo.com