Magazine article Screen International

Rotterdam Title 'The Widowed Witch' Picked Up by Rediance (Exclusive)

Magazine article Screen International

Rotterdam Title 'The Widowed Witch' Picked Up by Rediance (Exclusive)

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Cai Chengjie’s film has been selected for Rotterdam film festival’s upcoming Hivos Tiger Competition.

‘The Widowed Witch’

Beijing-based sales company Rediance has picked up international rights to Cai Chengjie’s The Widowed Witch, which has been selected for Rotterdam film festival’s upcoming Hivos Tiger Competition.

The film is the first Chinese title to be selected for Rotterdam’s Tiger competition since Huang Ji’s Egg And Stone won a Tiger award in 2012.

An earlier version of The Widowed Witch screened to critical acclaim at China’s Xining FIRST International Film Festival in July 2017 under the title Shaman. It has since been re-edited by the director and now has a shorter running time and new scenes.

Produced by Jiao Feng and Hu Xiaotao, the film revolves around a woman who travels around northern China in a motor home after losing her home and husband, pretending to be a shaman who can rid villagers of evil spirits. …

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