China, France | 2009 | 116 minutes | 35mm
In Mandarin & Cantonese w/ English Subtitles
Director: LOU Ye
Cast: QIN Hao, CHEN Sicheng, TAN Zhuo
Winner of the Best Screenplay award at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, acclaimed independent director LOU Ye’s Spring Fever is a modern romance/drama centering on a gay relationship, exploring LGBTQ themes that have been historically underrepresented in the mainland Chinese cinemascape.
In the film, Luo Haitao (Sicheng Chen) has been hired by Wang Ping’s (Wei Wu) wife to spy on the passionate relationship between her husband and another man, but slowly loses control of the situation. With his beautiful girlfriend Li Jing (Zhuo Tan), he is drawn into the affair, overcome by the fever of drunken spring nights. All are possessed by an exhilarating madness of the senses, a dangerous malady that leads the heart and head astray.
This film marks the closing event of the CineCina Film Festival (April 5-19) and will feature a post-screening discussion.