Magazine article Screen International

Asian Shadows Travels with Zhang Yang

Magazine article Screen International

Asian Shadows Travels with Zhang Yang

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Zhang, whose credits include critical and commercial hits such as Shower, Quitting and Getting Home, has spent the past year filming his new project in Tibet. Currently in post-production, the film follows a small group of Buddhist pilgrims who embark on a 2,000-kilometres bowing pilgrimage to Lhasa.

Based on true events and using non-professional actors, the film is set against some of the most stunning landscapes in China.

"The film reveals the realities of Tibetan life rather than imposing the filmmaker's perspective," said Asian Shadows' founder Isabelle Glachant. "Its incredible to see how faith sustains these pilgrims on a physically gruelling journey that lasts for many months."

Zhang shot the film in a documentary style, without a script and using non-professional actors. "We shot this film at 4,000 metres altitude and above. …

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