Johnny Ma

Johnny Ma is a Chinese-Canadian film director and screenwriter. He is best known for his debut feature film OLD STONE (2016), which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival. The film won the awards for Best Canadian First Feature Film at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. His second feature TO LIVE TO SING premiered at the Director's Fortnight Section of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

To Live To Sing

A film by Johnny Ma

2019 - France/China - Drama

Zhao Li is the manager of a small Sichuan Opera troupe, living and performing together in a rundown theatre located in the outskirts of Chengdu, China. When she receives the notice of demolition for the theatre, Zhao Li hides the news from everyone else, fearing that this could spell the end of her opera troupe: besides demolition, it’s the life of her “family” that is at stake. As she struggles to search for a new theatre for them to both sing and live in, the opera and its fantastic characters slowly begin to seep into her real world...