International Films

Eternal Spring

Canada, 2022, 86 min

Director:

Jason Loftus

Language & Subtitles:

Mandarin; subtitles in Hebrew and English

Producers:
Jason Loftus, Masha Loftus, Yvan Pinard, Kevin Koo

Production:

Festivals:

FISCHER AUDIENCE AWARD, HELLENIC PARLIAMENT HUMAN VALUES AWARD (THESSALONIKI); GRAND JURY PRIZE AWARD SPECIAL MENTION, ACTIVIST AWARD NOMINEE, STUDENT’S CHOICE AWARD NOMINEE (MOVIES THAT MATTER), HOT DOCS AUDIENCE AWARD, ROGERS AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN DOCUMENTARY (HOT DOCS), AUDIENCE AWARD (DANCES WITH FILMS), BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE (DEADCENTER), DOCUMENTARY JURY AWARD (LIGHTHOUSE INTERNATIONAL), DOCUMENTARY AUDIENCE AWARD (LIGHTHOUSE INTERNATIONAL), JURY AWARD BEST INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FEATURE (MAMMOTH LAKES), AUDIENCE AWARD BEST INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FEATURE (MAMMOTH LAKES)

Screenings:

Fri. 2.12 | 12:00 | Cinematheque 4

Fri. 9.12 | 12:00 | Cinematheque 1

In March 2002, a group of Falun Gong practitioners take over a state television station in China, infuriating the authoritarian and rigid regime. In the following period, the Chinese government carries out a series of brutal police raids against Falun Gong practitioners. One of them, a comic book illustrator named Daxiong, had to flee to Canada. For him, the takeover of the TV station was an unnecessary provocation that ruined his life.

Another accomplice also manages to escape from China. Meeting him challenges Daxiong's views and makes him reexamine the events that shaped his life. The film uses unique animation to depict a story of struggle against the ruling forces and the heavy human cost of fearless defiance.

9.12.22 | After the Screening we will screen a Recorded Conversation with the Director of the film