“The Walking Stick Is the Object That Ties Their Fates Together”: Cedric Cheung-Lau | The Mountains Are a Dream That Call to Me

Filmmaker Magazine | 1/25/2020 | Filmmaker Staff
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by Filmmaker Staff

Whether capturing or creating a world, the objects onscreen tell as much of a story as the people within it. Whether sourced or accidental, insert shot or background detail, what prop or piece of set decoration do you find particularly integral to your film? What story does it tell?

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In a film shot in so many wide landscapes, where our characters are sometimes just dots in the space, I think it’s a culmination of tiny details, some which may not even be seen, that gives the film its character and emotion. More overtly and specifically however, the walking stick Tukten gives Alice when they first meet is particularly integral to the film and tells a larger story.

The walking stick is the object that ties their fates together—a small gesture that speaks volumes about the generosity of Tukten and insight into how his character thinks and behaves. Furthermore, I think it’s also part of the mountain’s story and represents it’s generosity as well. It’s difficult to talk about the larger story of the walking stick without getting...
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