Night Train - Ye che

Yinan Diao, China, 2007

Night Train - Ye che

Yinan DiaoChina – 2007

From the 2008 Beijing olympic games to the avant-guard art scene, new chinese talent is heating up audiences around the world.

Wu Hongyan, woman executioner in her thirties, works at the court in the province of Shaanxi in China, where she executes women condemned to death only. In spite of her macabre job, Wu Hongyan travels every weekend to a town nearby to join parties organized by a marriage bureau. The result of her dating is mediocre, until she meets the mysterious Li Jun. But she is thousands of miles away of imagining that Li Jun’s wife is the last of the women she executed. Electrifying!

Original Title Night Train - Ye che
German Title Nachtzug
French Title Train de nuit
Other Titles Treno di notte
Directed by Yinan Diao
Country China
Available Formats 35mm, DVD
Screenplay Yinan DIAO
Film Editing Jing Lei Kong
Soundtrack Zi Wen
Cinematography Jingsong Dong
Sound Yang Zhang
Décors Ching Lam, Qiang Liu
Production Ho-Hi Pictures, Vivian Qu
Runtime 95 Min.
Language Mandarin/d/f

Festival de Cannes, Un certain regard 2007
Warsaw International Film Festival, Grand Prix
Film d'ouverture, Blackmovie Festival, Genève 2008
Mejor Actriz: Liu Dan por “Night Train” (China), Buenos Aires Filmfestival
Premio Especial del Jurado: “Night Train”, de Diao Yinan (China), Buenos Aires Filmfestival

China heute - von innen heraus betrachtet:

«Ein melancholisches Bijou.»


«Das Ballett der einsamen Seelen.»

Le monde

«Präzis, klassisch zeitlos und konsequent modern.»

Vancouver Filmfestival

«A chilling view of crime and punishment.»


«De Chine, le très beau mais noir Night Train de Diao Yinan (Cannes 2007) raconte une autre forme de solitude: dans une province privée de soleil, celle d'une militaire de carrière qui finit par rencontrer le mari d'une femme qu'elle a dû exécuter. Entre désir de vengeance, d'expiation ou d'un peu de chaleur humaine, on tente de deviner ce qu'ils cherchent. Mais l'amour, lui, n'a sûrement pas de place dans une telle société, semble dire le cinéaste.»

LE TEMPS, Norbert Creutz

«Diao Yi Nian compose un ballet abstrait construit de filatures, de trajets et d'attentes mutiques au coeur d'un lieu modelé par une architecture industrielle volontiers monumentale.»

Le Monde

«Le ballet des âmes solitaires.»

Le monde

«Train de nuit, le deuxième film de Diao Yinan, est un bijou mélancolique.»

Première, Paris

«Train de nuit est une oeuvre mélancolique et nue. On y entre comme dans une cathédrale.»


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