The Piano in a Factory
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2010 | 100 min | Narrative Feature
Directed by: Zhang MengChina
Cast & Credits
Writer: Zhang Meng
When Chen's estranged wife reappears asking for a divorce and custody of their daughter, the musician girl decides she will live with whoever can provide her a piano. Chen' s struggle thus begins. When efforts to borrow money and even steal a piano fail, Chen concocts a preposterous plan - he'll make a piano from scratch! He persuades a bunch of reluctant, but loyal, misfit friends to help him forge the instrument in a derelict factory from a heap of scrap steel. Though crude in design and tune, the factory piano awaits its first and final performance from his little girl.
About the Director
Born in northeast China, Zhang Meng graduated from China Central Academy of Drama. In 2007, he made his directorial debut with Lucky Dog which earned him the Asian New Talent Award at the 10th Shanghai International Film Festival and the Best New Director at the Chinese Media Awards 2009. He directed his first documentary Mr. Zhang and His Dog in 2008, and The Piano in a Factory in 2010.