Director: Cao Jinling
After young Tutu kills a bear to save his little brother’s life, he is considered an outcast as bears are sacred to the Lonki tribe. Years later, Tutu and Linzi struggle to get by and work as lumberjacks near the forest they grew up in. When they both fall for the same woman, it drives the brothers apart. While Linzi connects more and more with nature and the forest, Tutu chooses another path. Through their story, we experience the deep connection of all living things and witness the mysterious retribution wrought by nature on humans who wound it. The film gives us an opportunity to contemplate our relationship with Mother Earth.
After having earned a doctorate in Drama Aesthetics at the Central Academy of Drama, Cao Jinling (China, 1978) continued her studies at USC’S School of Cinematic Arts. A member of the Chinese Society of Film and Literature and the TV Drama Screenwriter Working Committee of China Radio and Television Association, she is a screenwriter of numerous films such as Meet Miss Anxiety (2014), Crying Out in Love (2016), and Seventy-Seven Days (2017). Anima is her directorial debut.