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Father

Ye ye he fu qin
Wei Deng
International Competition 2021
Documentary Film
China
2020
97 minutes
Chinese
subtitles: 
English

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Wei Deng
Wei Deng
Wei Deng
Wei Deng

“After I die, show your film at my funeral!” Zuogui, the director’s grandfather, is 86 years old and has been blind since childhood. Becoming a fortune teller was a way out of poverty for him. People are still coming to him for advice, including his son Donggu, a developer: “Dad, how is my fortune next year?” In his portrait of generations about his father and grandfather, Wei Deng depicts tradition and change, violence and alienation in Chinese society.

Pale greys and dim lights create an atmosphere that seems to correspond to the dark memories of famine, dead siblings and the violently enforced one-child policy. The camera stays close to the grandfather as he feels his way along the walls of his flat. Orienting himself in his own environment has become harder since Donggu had the old house torn down and a new one built. Zuogui has little use for the modern China that claims to stand for economic boom and prosperity. Only when another of his son’s developments, which the fortune teller had warned against, threatens to fail does affection between the two seem possible again.
Jan-Philipp Kohlmann
Nominated for Prize of the Interreligious Jury, FIPRESCI Prize
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Family Ties
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Pink Mao

Pink Mao
Tang Han
German Competition Short Film 2021
Documentary Film
Germany,
China
2020
22 minutes
Chinese
subtitles: 
English

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Tang Han
Tang Han
Tang Han
Tang Han
Tang Han

Why do we see certain colours even when they aren’t there? Chinese director Tang Han meticulously analyses the 100 Yuan bill, which carries a portrait of Mao Zedong, and finds that – despite official representations and general perception – the note is pink rather than red. In a serious tone and colourful, merry images she also casually upsets any number of other entrenched notions about digitalization, globalization, capitalism and gender.

Borjana Gaković
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Witty
State of the World
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Step Into the River

Dans la rivière
Weijia Ma
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film 2020
Animated Film
China,
France
2020
15 minutes
Chinese
subtitles: 
English

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Weijia Ma
Damien Megherbi
Justin Pechberty
Marion Chopin
Didier Falk
Juanjuan Chen
Ziteng Qi
Kun Yu
Thilbault Dumoulin
Mathilde Poigniez
Jihua Zhu
Mengshi Fang
Joseph Roth
Emilie Pigeard
Le Van Ho
Yann Song
Alix Boiron Albrespy
Pablo Pico

Lu and Wei live in a village in rural China. The young girls often go to the nearby river to play or fish with their fathers. The river has a special meaning for them because China’s one-child policy has led to some parents drowning their newborn daughters there. A poetic and touching animation in which Weijia Ma explores the consequences of this tragic chapter in the lives of many Chinese families.

Lina Dinkla
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Umverteilen und Mitreden
Family Ties
Small Worlds, Big People
Poesie und Grenzgänge
Rural vs. Urban
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