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'Full Circle'
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Full Circle

"Full Circle" screens at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 28, at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center, 400 S. Second St., in downtown Renton. Tickets are available at online at siff.net. The IPAC Box Office is open noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and opens at noon Thursday for opening night.

Here's the film's description from the Seattle International Film Festival.

A group of residents at the Guanshan Nursing Home in northern China are the charming ensemble cast of this heartwarming film by director Zhang Yang. Some of the residents have poor health and are struggling against illness, some are bitter toward their families for institutionalizing them, and some are simply trying to stay entertained. The group of senior citizens develops a youthful energy when one of them decides that they should compete in a televised acting and variety show competition. The enterprising elderly cohort bands together to write, act, and direct a dramatic piece, despite having very little acting experience. They are determined to present their work at the competition, which will take place in a town near the seaside. The seniors must disobey the orders of a humorless nurse who wants to stop them from embarking on the dangerous journey, but these irrepressible, intrepid seniors find a way to realize their shared dream by buying a bus and sneaking out of the nursing home. On their trip, they discover a renewed zeal for life and experience the unparalleled pleasure of striving for and achieving an unlikely dream. Director: Zhang Yang. Cast: Huanshan Xu, Tianming Wu, Li Bin, Bingyan Yan. China 2012 (104 minutes)

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