H.K. Director Peter Chan's 'Dearest' To Screen at Venice and Toronto

8:48 PM PST 07/24/2014 by Karen Chu

The drama about the search for a couple's missing son stars a bevy of Chinese stars, including Zhao Wei, Huang Bo, Zhang Yuqi, Zhang Yi, Tong Dawei and Hao Lei.

HONG KONG – Peter Chan's latest film Dearest will attend Venice International Film Festival as an out of competition entry and the Toronto International Film Festival as a special presentation.

A drama about the search for a couple's missing son, the film will be released in China on Sept. 26.

Produced by Chan and Jojo Hui (Wu Xia), Dearest features a galaxy of Chinese stars including Zhao Wei (Red Cliff), Huang Bo (Lost in Thailand), Tong Dawei (American Dreams in China), Hao Lei (Summer Palace), Zhang Yi (Beijing Love Story) and Zhang Yuqi (White Deer Plain).

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In the film, lives of the characters intertwine through the ordeal of finding a couple's missing child. Zhao stars as a farmer's wife in a remote village who is shocked to find out the true story about her adopted son, while Huang plays a man who cares about nothing before the disappearance of his son. Tong portraits a morally ambiguous lawyer.

A co-production between Chan's We Pictures Limited, China Vision Media Group, Stellar Mega Films, Stellar Mega Pictures, Enlight Pictures, Real Thing Media, Huang Bo Studio and Pulin Production Limited, the film has an award-winning crew that includes production designer Sun Li (Wu Xia), costume designer Dora Ng (Bodyguards and Assassins) and DOP Shu Chou (The Piano in a Factory).

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Chan has a long relationship with the Venice International Film Festival: In 2005, his Perhaps Love was chosen as the closing film at the festival; in 2012, Chan was invited to be one of the juries at the festival; and in 2013, Chan's 1996 film Comrades: Almost a Love Story was shown at the festival as a restored classic.

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