Edinburgh Int’l Film Festival 2013: When Night Falls

That Shanghai-born writer-director Liang Ying’s fourth feature in six years has proved to be such a persistent thorn in the Chinese government’s side is telling of the film’s cultural and political importance – and, perhaps, of the director’s current standing as a significant cinematic voice. After When Night Falls premiered at the Jeonju International Film Festival in South Korea around this time last year, the Chinese government tried to purchase its copyright in order to prevent further international exhibition; the director, his wife and their families were harassed and intimidated by police visits in order to deter worldwide sales. Why all the fuss?