A Little bird reminds me
CHINA | 2020 | 120MIN | DEBUT FEATURE
Director: SHI Xin
Screenwriter: SHI Xin
Presented By: ZHAO Yang FENG Ting
Co-presented By: LU Bingshu
General Producer: ZHAO Yang
Producer: LU Bingshu
Associate Producer: YU Jianghao, ZHANG Yi, XIE Xinyi
Cinematographer: HUANG Shaohui
Editing Supervisor: LIAO Ching-Song,
Editor: YEUNG Ka Wai
Sound Supervisor: TU Duu-Chih, CHIANG Yi-Chen
Sound Engineer: HAN Zhichao
Music Composer: BAI Shui
Starring: MA Qiyue
Co-Starring: HUANG Hai, WU Juejin, ZHANG Bolin,
LIN Chenhan, SHAO Siyuan, HE Jia
Special Appearance: NIU Ben
At first sight of SHI Xin’s debut feature film A Little Bird Reminds Me, it takes us back to the 1980s of China. Xing was born in the theatre, where both of his parents worked. The drastic social changes were reflected through the life of an ordinary family. But on the micro- level, Xing also experienced his growth as a young kid.
The nostalgia atmosphere and realistic expressions resonate with New Taiwanese Cinema. The director glorifies that time period, the innocence and pureness conveyed through its cinematic language is touching, especially thinking about the digital age after 2000. But the film is not just a typical coming-of-age story.
Through our protagonist Xing’s eyes, we see how values and ideologies have changed in three generations. The greater historical context, rapid economic growth, and crucial social changes, as well as the western and domestic cultural collision, are all delicately woven into the storyline and are embedded in every character.
A Little Bird Reminds Me is poetical prose dedicated to the whole generation living, struggling, and growing in Chinese society at the end of the last century.
Shanghai International Film Festival 2020
Asian New Talents Award Official Selection
SHI Xin grows up in an artistic family. His father is a fine arts researcher, a designer and calligrapher, while his mother is a traditional Chinese opera teacher. In 2007, he graduated with a master degree in economics.
Before stepping into the film industry, he used to work for the EU Delegation in China as project manager. A Little Bird Reminds Me is his first feature film.