Zhao Li is the manager of a small Sichuan Opera troupe, living and performing together in a rundown theatre located in the outskirts of Chengdu, China. When she receives the notice of demolition for the theatre, Zhao Li hides the news from everyone else, fearing that this could spell the end of her opera troupe: besides demolition, its the life of her family that is at stake. As she struggles to search for a new theatre for them to both sing and live in, the opera and its fantastic characters slowly begin to seep into her real world.
Awards - Guanajuato IFF (Honorary Mention), International FF & Awards Macao (NETPAC Award, and Best Screenplay), Shanghai IFF (Asian New Talent Award for Best Film, and Best Actress)
Nominations - Cannes FF (SACD Prize (Directors' Fortnight)), Cork IFF (Audience Award), Five Flavours Asian FF (New Asian Cinema), Hainan IFF (Golden Coconut)