Return to Dust

Directed by Li Ruijun
Li Ruijun
Film Movement
134 Minutes
Drama, Asian, Romance
Not Rated
Aspect Ratio: 1.55:1
Sound: 2.0 stereo & 5.1 surround
Theatrical booking
Erin Farrell
Festival and non-theatrical booking
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Materials and print traffic
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In rural Gaotai county, two lonely, middle-aged outcasts are pushed into an arranged marriage by their families. Ma (Wu Renlin) is a humble farmer with little to offer his timid and sickly wife, Cao (Hai Qing), except for a small abandoned house on a barren patch of land. From just a few seeds, their newly planted crops take root and flourish; and similarly, an unexpected bond between the two starts to blossom. As seasons pass their dedication to each other grows stronger, but change and adversity soon threaten the idyllic existence they share.

A tender tale about the transformative nature of love, RETURN TO DUST is an “absorbing, beautifully framed drama” (Variety) from acclaimed director Li Ruijun that became a surprise box office hit domestically in China.

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