Crosscurrent. 2016. China. Directed by Yang Chao. With Qin Hao, Xin Zhilei. DCP. In Mandarin; English subtitles. 116 min.
Chun (Qin Hao), a cargo boat captain who recently lost his father, comes across a notebook filled with poems by an unknown author, in which each poem is accompanied by the name of a port city along the Yangtze River. As his boat sails upstream and stops at each port, Chun encounters the same woman over and over again, though each time she appears, she becomes younger. The Yangtze, known as the cradle of Chinese civilization, also enters a dreamlike time warp of sorts, as its past and future flash in front of Chun at each turn. Shot in 35mm, this visually stunning feature won Lee a Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution at Berlinale 2016.