2016 | China | Documentary | 181 min | HD | Color | Hubei Dialect | TRAILER
Director: Shengze Zhu | Producers: Zhengfan Yang & Shengze Zhu | Cinematographer: Zhengfan Yang | Sound Mix: Dejian Ou | English Subtitles Translation: Yiqian Zhang & Paola Iovene
* Visions Du Réel International Film Festival (Switzerland, 2016)
SYNOPSIS: The film captures 13 dinners of a migrant worker’s family over the course of 14 months. The meals unfold in real-time through 13 static, long takes, highlighting how the mundane could appear mysterious and beautiful with the passage of time. A series of random occurrences, some dramatic and some trivial, are all given meaning by their proximity to each other. The joys and frustrations of the three-generation family, as well as the changes they experienced over the year and the things they cannot change, are presented and analyzed with remarkable details. Through examining the lives of migrant workers, who left their ancestral homeland in rural areas to seek a better life in cities but remain trapped at the margins of urban society, the film aims to craft a meditation on China’s economic boom and massive urbanization.
Where Are You Going
2016 | China, Hong Kong | Experimental | 130 min | HD | Color | Cantonese, Mandarin, English, Tagalog | TRAILER
Director/Scriptwriter: Zhengfan Yang | Producers: Shengze Zhu & Zhengfan Yang | Cinematographer: Shengze Zhu | Line Producers: Norris Wong & Sirocco Wu | Sound Mix: Siya Huo
* International Film Festival Rotterdam (Netherlands, 2016)
SYNOPSIS: Where Are You Going is the second part of "The Outsider Trilogy", following my previous film Distant (2013). The one and only character in the film is Hong Kong, a city where I spent five years living as an outsider. During my stay in Hong Kong, I, together with the city, experienced intensive economic, political, and social changes from 2009 to 2014. Conveyed by 13 journeys on a taxi wandering around the city, with off-screen conversations between the driver and different passengers, this film explores the moving landscape of Hong Kong, examining the city's past, present and future, as well as unveiling the alienation and confusion of its people after the political reforms.
Out of Focus
2013 | China | Documentary | 88 min | HD | Color | POSTER TRAILER
Director: Shengze Zhu | Producers: Zhengfan Yang & Shengze Zhu | Cinematographer: Zhengfan Yang & Shengze Zhu | Sound Mix: Siya Huo | Editor: Shengze Zhu & Zhengfan Yang
* Cinéma du Réel International Documentary Film Festival, International First Films Competition (France, 2014)
* DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, International Competition (South Korea, 2014)
* FRONTEIRA International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival (Brazil, 2014)
* Scarborough Film Festival (Canada, 2014)
* China Independent Film Festival (China, 2014)
* China Women's Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize (China, 2014)
SYNOPSIS: Starting from a participatory photography workshop for China’s “migrant children”, who are originally from rural areas but come with their job-seeking parents to urban cities in search of a better life, the film focuses on a 13-year-old girl, Qin, in a harsh and unsettled portrait.
2013 | China | Fiction | 88 min | HD | Color | POSTER TRAILER
Director/Scriptwriter: Zhengfan Yang | Producers: Zhengfan Yang & Shengze Zhu | Cinematographer/Art Director: Shengze Zhu | Sound Record & Mix: Siya Huo
* Festival del Film Locarno, Filmmakers of the Present Competition (Switzerland, 2013)
* Vancouver International Film Festival, Dragons and Tigers Section (Canada, 2013)
* Warsaw Film Festival, Free Spirit Competition (Poland, 2013)
* Festival des 3 Continents (France, 2013)
* Taipei Film Festival (Taiwan, 2014)
* China Independent Film Festival (China, 2013)
* Asian Film Festival (Italy, 2014)
SYNOPSIS: Distant is a film that is made up of 13 sections, each comprised of a single long take. Each section tells a story about distance between different time and space, focusing on the subtle moments when people are suddenly confronted with modernity and gradually become lost in the transition between this and their present lives. Without any dialogue, simply working with image, sound and actions of the characters, these 13 dramatic, realistic and mysterious scenes are painted. It tries to describe today's human condition in an abstract way.
2011 | China & Hong Kong | Short Fiction | 28 min | HD | Color | TRAILER
Director/Scriptwriter/Cinematographer/Editor: Zhengfan Yang | Producer: Shengze Zhu
* Hong Kong Fresh Wave International Short Film Competition, Best Cinematography Award (Hong Kong, 2011)
* China Independent Film Festival, Top 10 Short Films of The Year (China, 2012)
SYNOPSIS: In a society obsessed with economic development, the old and the young are often ignored. A young man from a rural area is hired to take care of an old man living on a farm. The old man stands firmly on keeping his home, while the young man works hard to make a life for him and his girlfriend. However, the two are met with the harshness of a society that's leaving them behind. In the end, they are surrounded by the crucial reality and become victims to a fate they did not choose.
I Killed My Father
2012 | China & Hong Kong | Short Fiction | 20 min | HD | Color
Producer/Director/Scriptwriter/Editor: Zhengfan Yang | Producer/Cinematographer: Shengze Zhu
SYNOPSIS: This is a story about a fight between a father and a son. The father attempted to strictly set up everything for his son based on his own expectation, whereas the son tried to get away from his father by making films. The film is based on the true story of the director, who has been fighting with his father for almost ten years. The director decided to use a film to examine his ten years’ struggle.
The Man Behind A Camera
2010 | China & Hong Kong | Short Fiction | 5 min | HD | Color & B&W
* Hong Kong Independent Film and Video Award (Hong Kong, 2010)
SYNOPSIS: A young photographer witnessed a murder in a park, which was similar as what happened in Michelangelo Antonioni’s film Blow Up. Then what is the difference among what the photographer has seen, what the camera has seen, and what the audience have seen? The director attempted to explore the certification of the kino’s eyes and audience’s eyes.
I Travel Through Time to Meet You Again
2011 | China & Hong Kong | Short Experimental | 6 min | HD | Color
Director/Scriptwriter/Cinematographer/Editor: Zhengfan Yang
* Beijing Independent Film Festival (China, 2011)
* EXiN Asian Experimental Film & Video Art Forum (China, 2012)
* China Independent Film Festival (China, 2012)
SYNOPSIS: A man met a women in an elevator of an office building. Both of them expected to meet each other again. However, the time and space constructed by the filmmaker through images and sounds might be different than the one in the reality that audience experience every day. Thus, could they meet with each other in the film? The director intends to explore the possibilities of constructing the time and space of a film.