Fox Searchlight Picks Up Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Film
by Alex Billington
May 13, 2010
I usually take notice when Fox Searchlight, one of my all-time favorite "indie" distributors, acquires a new film, and today they just picked up one that I haven't actually ever heard of before. Searchlight has formally announced that they've acquired Chinese director Wayne Wang's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, an adaptation of Lisa See's bestselling novel of the same name. The film stars Gianna Jun and Li Bing Bing and is a parallel love story film, which timelines in both contemporary Shanghai and 19th Century China. I don't know that much about it, but I trust that the people at Searchlight know a fantastic film when they see one.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan begins in 19th Century China, where two seven year old girls are matched as "laotong," meaning they are bound together for eternity. A parallel story in present day Shanghai focuses on the laotong's descendants as they try to keep that bond in the face of busy careers and a modern, evolving Shanghai. "Wayne Wang has an incredible vision for creating beautifully moving films – there is a universal truth in his portrayals of women's stories," said Searchlight Presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula. "We are thrilled to be distributing this touching film about the unequivocal bond and devotion between friends."
I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for this film at upcoming festivals and we'll let you know when we hear more info or have a poster or trailer to debut from Searchlight, so stay tuned for updates as they arrive!