“The Search of Lost Time,” Hong Kong filmmaker Derek Yee’s highly anticipated epic based on a real-life historical event, was recently selected for the 12th Beijing International Film Festival’s main competition.
The festival begins on August 13 with domestic and foreign films vying for the coveted Tiantan Award.
The film, starring Chen Baoguo, Wang Qiang and Bai Yufan, tells the tale of orphans from southern China adopted by nomadic families in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region during a famine.
Natural disasters and food shortages forced many parents from Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Anhui provinces to leave the children they couldn’t feed at orphanages in Shanghai.
Due to severe malnutrition many of the children faced, the city asked the central government for assistance. Then Premier Zhou Enlai asked Ulanhu, chairman of Inner Mongolia, to provide milk powder for the…