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Sanmao. The Desert Bride


Production companies

Maignon 26, 3r
08024 Barcelona, Catalonia

Contact Estefania Ferrer

+34 932 192 077
fax: +34 932 192 092

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Technical details

  • Year: 2018

  • Premier date: 09-10-2020

  • Type: Documentary - Feature Film

  • Genre: Biography

  • Audience: General Audiences

  • Runtime: 90.00 '

  • Original version: Spanish , Mandarin

  • Format: Colour, B&W, 2D Digital, Dolby Digital,

  • Status: Released

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1970’s. Famous Chinese writer San Mao lived a singular love story with Spanish free diver José María Quero. They travelled to the Spanish colony of Western Sahara, where San Mao chronicled her day-to-day experiences in the desert. Her book “Stories from the Sahara” became a best seller in Taiwan and in China, but her romance with José María was suddenly disrupted when he lost his life in a diving accident. Adding to this tragedy, some years later San Mao took her own life in Taiwan, having reached the pinnacle of her fame as a writer but unable to cope with the loss of her lover. Though San Mao is one of the most popular and widely read literary figures in the Chinese-speaking world, she remains virtually unknown in the West.


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