Another Year 2016 | China | Documentary | 181 min | HD | Color | Chinese Regional Dialect | TRAILER Director: Shengze Zhu   |   Producers: Zhengfan Yang & Shengze Zhu   |   Cinematographer: Zhengfan Yang   |   Sound Mix: Dejian Ou   |  English Subtitles Translation: Yiqian Zhang & Paola Iovene   |   Editing: Shengze Zhu Distributed by Torch Films (USA) in North America Distributed by Sunny Film (Japan) in Japan     * Visions Du Réel International Film Festival (Switzerland, 2016)   |   Sesterce d’or - Best Feature Film of International Competition     * RIDM - Montreal International Documentary Festival (Canada, 2016)   |   Grand Prize for Best International Feature     * Olhar de Cinema - Curitiba International Film Festival (Brazil, 2016)   |   Critics’ Award (Abraccine)     * Millenium Film Festival (Belgium, 2017)  |  Special Jury Award     * Astra Film Festival (Romania, 2017)  |  Honorable Mention     * Art of the Real Festival, Film Society of Lincoln Center (USA, 2017)     * Jeonju International Film Festival (South Korea, 2017)     * Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (Japan, 2017)     * T-Mobile New Horizon International Film Festival (Poland, 2017)     * Open City Documentary Film Festival (UK, 2016)     * Lima Independiente International Film Festival (Peru, 2016)       * Indie Festival (Brazil, 2016)     * Vladivostok International Film Festival "Pacific Meridian" (Russia, 2016)     * Message to Man International Documentary Festival (Russia, 2016)     * forumdoc.bh (Brazil, 2016)     * Human Rights Film Festival (Croatia, 2016)     * Spoutnik Art House Cinema (Switzerland, 2016)     * Filmpodium Zürich (Switzerland, 2017) SYNOPSIS: The film captures 13 dinners of a Chinese migrant worker’s family over the course of 14 months. Beginning and ending around the Chinese New Year, the meals unfold in realtime through single long takes, which, in turn, reveal the rhythm of a family’s life on the margins of Chinese urban society. Attention is paid to dramatic events in their life, such as the grandma's stroke, as well as to mundane details such as arguments over how much salt the father added to the broth. Incessant economic pressures are presented at the dinner table through rambling conversations, and are as tangible as the chopsticks and steam pork. The joys and frustrations of the family are depicted in fine and complex details, highlighting how the mundane could appear both mysterious and beautiful with the passage of time. This film also suggests seeing the family as a lens for a deeper view into China’s economic boom and massive urbanization.  

Another Year

2016 | China | Documentary | 181 min | HD | Color | Chinese Regional Dialect | TRAILER

Director: Shengze Zhu   |   Producers: Zhengfan Yang & Shengze Zhu   |   Cinematographer: Zhengfan Yang   |   Sound Mix: Dejian Ou   |  English Subtitles Translation: Yiqian Zhang & Paola Iovene   |   Editing: Shengze Zhu

Distributed by Torch Films (USA) in North America

Distributed by Sunny Film (Japan) in Japan

    * Visions Du Réel International Film Festival (Switzerland, 2016)   |   Sesterce d’or - Best Feature Film of International Competition

    * RIDM - Montreal International Documentary Festival (Canada, 2016)   |   Grand Prize for Best International Feature

    * Olhar de Cinema - Curitiba International Film Festival (Brazil, 2016)   |   Critics’ Award (Abraccine)

    * Millenium Film Festival (Belgium, 2017)  |  Special Jury Award

    * Astra Film Festival (Romania, 2017)  |  Honorable Mention

    * Art of the Real Festival, Film Society of Lincoln Center (USA, 2017)

    * Jeonju International Film Festival (South Korea, 2017)

    * Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (Japan, 2017)

    * T-Mobile New Horizon International Film Festival (Poland, 2017)

    * Open City Documentary Film Festival (UK, 2016)

    * Lima Independiente International Film Festival (Peru, 2016)  

    * Indie Festival (Brazil, 2016)

    * Vladivostok International Film Festival "Pacific Meridian" (Russia, 2016)

    * Message to Man International Documentary Festival (Russia, 2016)

    * forumdoc.bh (Brazil, 2016)

    * Human Rights Film Festival (Croatia, 2016)

    * Spoutnik Art House Cinema (Switzerland, 2016)

    * Filmpodium Zürich (Switzerland, 2017)

SYNOPSIS: The film captures 13 dinners of a Chinese migrant worker’s family over the course of 14 months. Beginning and ending around the Chinese New Year, the meals unfold in realtime through single long takes, which, in turn, reveal the rhythm of a family’s life on the margins of Chinese urban society. Attention is paid to dramatic events in their life, such as the grandma's stroke, as well as to mundane details such as arguments over how much salt the father added to the broth. Incessant economic pressures are presented at the dinner table through rambling conversations, and are as tangible as the chopsticks and steam pork. The joys and frustrations of the family are depicted in fine and complex details, highlighting how the mundane could appear both mysterious and beautiful with the passage of time. This film also suggests seeing the family as a lens for a deeper view into China’s economic boom and massive urbanization.

 

Where Are You Going 2016 | China, Hong Kong | Documentary | 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 Distributed by IFFR Unleashed (the Netherlands) on iTune Store      * South Taiwan Film Festival (Taiwan, 2017)     * International Film Festival Rotterdam (Netherlands, 2016)     * China Independent Film Festival (China, 2016)   |   Jury Award     * Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia, 2016)     * Hong Kong Asian Film Festival (Hong Kong, 2016)     * Bratislava International Film Festival (Slovak, 2016)     * Dong Film Festival (Italy, 2016)     * Filmpodium Zürich (Switzerland, 2017) SYNOPSIS: No one sees more of Hong Kong on a daily basis than a taxi driver. Shot entirely through the windshield of a taxi, the one and only character in the film is Hong Kong, a city where the director Zhengfan Yang spent five years living as an outsider. Following his first feature, DISTANT, WHERE ARE YOU GOING is the second part of Yang's The Outsider trilogy, it examines the current state of the city and its people through 13 different, off-screen conversations between the driver and various passengers - including a stressed out bank employee, tourists from Mainland China, a student activist and a British expat. During his stay in Hong Kong, Yang, together with the city, experienced intensive economic, political, and social changes from 2009 to 2014. 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 reform.  

Where Are You Going

2016 | China, Hong Kong | Documentary | 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

Distributed by IFFR Unleashed (the Netherlands) on iTune Store

     * South Taiwan Film Festival (Taiwan, 2017)

    * International Film Festival Rotterdam (Netherlands, 2016)

    * China Independent Film Festival (China, 2016)   |   Jury Award

    * Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia, 2016)

    * Hong Kong Asian Film Festival (Hong Kong, 2016)

    * Bratislava International Film Festival (Slovak, 2016)

    * Dong Film Festival (Italy, 2016)

    * Filmpodium Zürich (Switzerland, 2017)

SYNOPSIS: No one sees more of Hong Kong on a daily basis than a taxi driver. Shot entirely through the windshield of a taxi, the one and only character in the film is Hong Kong, a city where the director Zhengfan Yang spent five years living as an outsider. Following his first feature, DISTANT, WHERE ARE YOU GOING is the second part of Yang's The Outsider trilogy, it examines the current state of the city and its people through 13 different, off-screen conversations between the driver and various passengers - including a stressed out bank employee, tourists from Mainland China, a student activist and a British expat. During his stay in Hong Kong, Yang, together with the city, experienced intensive economic, political, and social changes from 2009 to 2014. 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 reform.

 

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 Distributed by Torch Films (USA) in North America and Australia      * Cinéma du Réel International Documentary Film Festival,  Centre Georges Pompidou (France, 2014)      * DMZ International Documentary Film Festival (South Korea, 2014)      * China Women's Film Festival (China, 2015)  |  Grand Jury Prize      * Créteil International Women's Film Festival (2017, France)      * Filmpodium Zürich (Switzerland, 2017)      * FRONTEIRA International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival (Brazil, 2014)      * Scarborough Film Festival (Canada, 2014)      * China Independent Film Festival (China, 2014) SYNOPSIS:  On a steamy summer day of 2012, the director Shengze Zhu begins to teach photography at the Lingzhi Elementary School in Wuhan, China, to a group of 23 “migrant children” aged 8-12. All of the children are originally from the countryside but have moved to Wuhan, the largest city in central China, as their parents chase urban work and the possibility of a better life. Most children fall in love with the bustling city, and they are intrigued by city life and ambitious about their various dreams. As the participatory photography workshop continues, both Zhu and the children use cameras to explore. The film then focuses on one pupil, Qin, and her family. Forced to endure miserable low-income living conditions, and a discriminatory household registration policy known as “Hukou", Qin and her classmates share a common reality. The distance between the innocence of the their hopes and the brutality of their lives could hardly be starker.  

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

Distributed by Torch Films (USA) in North America and Australia

     * Cinéma du Réel International Documentary Film Festival,  Centre Georges Pompidou (France, 2014)

     * DMZ International Documentary Film Festival (South Korea, 2014)

     * China Women's Film Festival (China, 2015)  |  Grand Jury Prize

     * Créteil International Women's Film Festival (2017, France)

     * Filmpodium Zürich (Switzerland, 2017)

     * FRONTEIRA International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival (Brazil, 2014)

     * Scarborough Film Festival (Canada, 2014)

     * China Independent Film Festival (China, 2014)

SYNOPSIS:  On a steamy summer day of 2012, the director Shengze Zhu begins to teach photography at the Lingzhi Elementary School in Wuhan, China, to a group of 23 “migrant children” aged 8-12. All of the children are originally from the countryside but have moved to Wuhan, the largest city in central China, as their parents chase urban work and the possibility of a better life. Most children fall in love with the bustling city, and they are intrigued by city life and ambitious about their various dreams. As the participatory photography workshop continues, both Zhu and the children use cameras to explore. The film then focuses on one pupil, Qin, and her family. Forced to endure miserable low-income living conditions, and a discriminatory household registration policy known as “Hukou", Qin and her classmates share a common reality. The distance between the innocence of the their hopes and the brutality of their lives could hardly be starker.

 

Distant 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 (Switzerland, 2013)      * Vancouver International Film Festival (Canada, 2013)      * Warsaw Film Festival (Poland, 2013)      * Festival des 3 Continents (France, 2013)      * Taipei Film Festival (Taiwan, 2014)      * China Independent Film Festival (China, 2013)      * Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (USA, 2016)      * Fluxus - Slow Cinema Exhibition, Center of Contemporary Art and Photography (Brazil, 2014)      * Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (China, 2014)      * Asian Film Festival (Italy, 2014)      * South Taiwan Film Festival (Taiwan, 2014) SYNOPSIS: Made up of 13 sections, and each is comprised of a single long take and tells a story about distance between different time and space, DISTANT focuses 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 - its alienation, abandonment and eternal loneliness.  

Distant

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 (Switzerland, 2013)

     * Vancouver International Film Festival (Canada, 2013)

     * Warsaw Film Festival (Poland, 2013)

     * Festival des 3 Continents (France, 2013)

     * Taipei Film Festival (Taiwan, 2014)

     * China Independent Film Festival (China, 2013)

     * Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (USA, 2016)

     * Fluxus - Slow Cinema Exhibition, Center of Contemporary Art and Photography (Brazil, 2014)

     * Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (China, 2014)

     * Asian Film Festival (Italy, 2014)

     * South Taiwan Film Festival (Taiwan, 2014)

SYNOPSIS: Made up of 13 sections, and each is comprised of a single long take and tells a story about distance between different time and space, DISTANT focuses 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 - its alienation, abandonment and eternal loneliness.

 

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.

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 Surroundings 2011 | China & Hong Kong | Short Fiction | 28 min | HD | Color | TRAILER Director/Scriptwriter/Cinematographer/Editor: Zhengfan Yang   |   Producer: Shengze Zhu Distributed by Hong Kong Art Development Council     * Hong Kong Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival (Hong Kong, 2011)  |  Best Cinematography Award     * China Independent Film Festival (China, 2012)  |  Top 10 Short Films of The Year     * Cinetopia (Sweden, 2014) 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.

The Surroundings

2011 | China & Hong Kong | Short Fiction | 28 min | HD | Color | TRAILER

Director/Scriptwriter/Cinematographer/Editor: Zhengfan Yang   |   Producer: Shengze Zhu

Distributed by Hong Kong Art Development Council

    * Hong Kong Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival (Hong Kong, 2011)  |  Best Cinematography Award

    * China Independent Film Festival (China, 2012)  |  Top 10 Short Films of The Year

    * Cinetopia (Sweden, 2014)

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 Travel Through Time to Meet You Again 2011 | China & Hong Kong | Short Experimental | 6 min | HD | Color Director/Scriptwriter/Cinematographer/Editor: Zhengfan Yang     * Dong Film Festival (Italy, 2016)    * Beijing Independent Film Festival (China, 2011)    * EXiN Asian Experimental Film & Video Art Forum (China, 2012)    * China Independent Film Festival (China, 2012)    * Abnormalities of Common Place, Yuan Art Museum, 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.

I Travel Through Time to Meet You Again

2011 | China & Hong Kong | Short Experimental | 6 min | HD | Color

Director/Scriptwriter/Cinematographer/Editor: Zhengfan Yang 

   * Dong Film Festival (Italy, 2016)

   * Beijing Independent Film Festival (China, 2011)

   * EXiN Asian Experimental Film & Video Art Forum (China, 2012)

   * China Independent Film Festival (China, 2012)

   * Abnormalities of Common Place, Yuan Art Museum, 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.

Ten Years Later 2010 | China | Short Fiction | 10 min | HD | Color Director/Scriptwriter/Cinematographer/Editor: Zhengfan Yang     * China Independent Film Festival (China, 2012)    * China Time Festival (Germany, 2014) SYNOPSIS: This film is adapted from a true event. The protagonist was sentenced to death because of having the suspicion of killing his wife. Ten years later after his death, his wife returns home.

Ten Years Later

2010 | China | Short Fiction | 10 min | HD | Color

Director/Scriptwriter/Cinematographer/Editor: Zhengfan Yang 

   * China Independent Film Festival (China, 2012)

   * China Time Festival (Germany, 2014)

SYNOPSIS: This film is adapted from a true event. The protagonist was sentenced to death because of having the suspicion of killing his wife. Ten years later after his death, his wife returns home.

The Man Behind A Camera 2009 | China & Hong Kong | Short Fiction | 5 min | HD | Color & B&W Director/Scriptwriter/Cinematographer/Editor: Zhengfan Yang   |   Producer: Shengze Zhu     * 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.

The Man Behind A Camera

2009 | China & Hong Kong | Short Fiction | 5 min | HD | Color & B&W

Director/Scriptwriter/Cinematographer/Editor: Zhengfan Yang   |   Producer: Shengze Zhu

    * 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.