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The Road to Mandalay

By Midi Z

Country: Taiwan, France, Germany, Myanmar

Languages: Thai, Burmese

Casting: Kai Ko, Wu Ke-Xi

Production year: 2016

Runtime: 01h48

Production company: Seashore Image Productions

The human traffickers have a well-established route: from Burma into Thailand across the Mekong River at Tchilek, along quiet country roads, passing bribed police checkpoints and into Bangkok, where the illegal migrants are on their own. Lianqing is one of five illegals who travels this route one summer night in 2013; along the way a fellow migrant called Guo is kind to her, and their fates later become entwined. Once in Thailand, Lianqing finds ‘underground’ jobs, saves money and finds out where to buy fake identity papers with the hope of making it to Taiwan. But Guo has different ambitions…

Venice Days 2016 – Fedeora Prize for Best Film

Toronto IFF 2016 – Contemporary World Cinema

Brisbane Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2016

Vancouver IFF 2016

Busan IFF 2016 – A Window on Asian Cinema

Mumbai IFF 2016 – World Cinema Section

Sao Paulo IFF 2016 – International Perspective Section

Memory! Heritage IFF 2016 – Opening Film

Kolkata IFF 2016 – Asian Select Section

Five Flavors FF 2016 – Asian Film Review

Festival International du Film de Bruxelles 2016 – International Competition

Tokyo Filmex 2016 – Competition

Bribane Asia Pacific FF 2016 – A Matter of Form Section

Marrakech IFF 2016 – Competition

Dubai IFF 2016 – Cinema of the World Section

Kerala IFF 2016 – Migration Films Section

Icaf Chennai 2016 – World Cinema Section

Black Movie IFF 2017

IFFR Rotterdam 2017 – Voices Section

Göteborg IFF 2017 – Festival Favourites Section

Bengaluru IFF 2017 – Asian Cinema Competition

Amsterdam Cinemasia FF 2017

Helsinki Cine Asia FF 2017

Febiofest 2017

Habitat IFF 2017

Budapest Titanic FF 2017

Minneapolis St Paul IFF 2017

Los Angeles Asian Pacific FF 2017

Asian Film Festival in Bologna 2017

München IFF 2017

Venice Days Screenings in Romania 2017

New Asian FF in Lincoln Center 2017

« Midi Z produces his best work yet with “The Road to Mandalay" [...], bound to travel far and wide. » - Variety

« Midi Z’s control of mood, pace and performance builds an engrossing drama. » - Screen

« Intensely moving film with a heart-and-soul lead performance. » - The Guardian