Bitter Flowers


The Main 5 Thu, Apr 19, 2018 7:10 PM
The Main 5 Fri, Apr 20, 2018 6:55 PM
The Main 5 Sun, Apr 29, 2018 3:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$14.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:World Cinema
Focus Country: China
Spotlight: Chasms and Bridges
Spotlight Competition Award
Best of Fest
Tags:Asian Interest
Culture & Society
Family Drama
Social Justice
Voice Category:Drama-rama!
Release Year:2017
Runtime:95 min
Language:Chinese (Mandarin)
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Loco Films
Director:Olivier Meys
Producer:Valérie Bournonville
Karim Cham
Song Ge
Xavier Grin
Philippe Logie
Gilles Padovani
Joseph Rouschop
Arielle Sleutel
Jenny Man Wa
Cinematographer:Benoit Dervaux
Screenwriter:Zhou Amei
Maarten Loix
Olivier Meys
Editor:Ewin Ryckaert
Composer:Jens Bouttery
Eric Bribosia
Principal Cast:Qi Xi
Wang Xi
Geng Le
Zeng Meihuizi
Filmography:A Disappearance Foretold ('08)


Special Guest Olivier Meys Attending April 19 + 20

Unsure if her life in the Dongbei region of China is enough when compared to the prospects of the modern world, Lina decides to head for Paris, France on the promise of a lucrative job as a nanny. While her husband doesn’t agree with her decision to leave, he supports her nonetheless. When she arrives in Paris, the job isn’t there, and Lina finds herself swept into the city’s prostitution circles. Starving and alone, Lina eventually meets Li Yumei, who offers her shelter with a group of women all making a living as prostitutes.

A startling look at the reality of broken promises and a woman’s journey to salvage what is left, Bitter Flowers refrains from placing judgement on Lina or Li Yumei, instead focusing on the unforgiving realities that have shaped their choices. From filmmaker Oliver Meys, this simmering drama is a multinational production between Belgium, Switzerland, France and China.

Director Biography

Olivier Meys Belgian filmmaker Olivier Meys has produced several short and documentary films during his career, such as A Disappearance Foretold (’08) and the short Première nuit à Beijing (’08). Bitter Flowers is his feature film debut.



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