By: Spacelab Research Staff
A film backed by an Ensemble film score has become one of the first films to be picked up at the Sundance Film Festival. Up the Yangtze (Sur le Yangzi), a film about the Three Gorges Dam on China's Yangtze River, has been picked up by Zeitgeist Films, as reported by Reuters.
The dam has changed the dynamic of the river and displaced life for up to 2 million Chinese citizens, and the film tells the tale of how people are transitioning to a new life. It shows a luxury cruise boat with foreign tourists taking a cruise up the river, with some of the displaced residents working on the boat, like the 16-year-old Yu Shui.
"It turned out that below decks on this cruise ship were kids who were directly from the Three gorges region, whose families were preparing to be relocated by the flooding of the Three Gorges," said director Yung Chang when speaking to the CBC.
Ensemble, aka Olivier Alary, created the soundtrack for the film. You may know him from his collaborations with Bjork and other work on FatCat Records, including Disown, delete.
The film was directed by Yung Chang and produced by the National Film Board of Canada. It has been nominated for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize.