Egg and Stone

鸡蛋和石头 (Jidan he shitou)
China 2012. Dir: Huang Ji. 98 min.

Winner of the Tiger Award at Rotterdam in 2012, Huang Ji’s brave personal film is one of the most auspicious debuts in recent Chinese cinema. Set in her home village in rural Hunan province, Egg and Stone is a powerful autobiographical portrait of a 14-year-old girl’s attempts to come to terms with her emerging sexual maturity. Living with an uncle and aunt since her parents moved to the city for work, and alone with her own inchoate fears and desires, she grapples with a terrifying world of sexual awakening and danger. Huang Ji’s visual sophistication, narrative fluency, and technical polish belie her youth. Cinematographer Ryuji Otsuka (also the film’s producer and editor) contributes beautifully-crafted cinematic images, fearfully intimate, softly pulsing with light, saturated with complex emotional power. In Hunan dialect with English subtitles.