China | 2022 | 90min | Debut Feature
Director: LONG Lingyun
Screenwriter: LONG Lingyun, LIU Xingguo, JIN Junqi
Producer: LIU Lei
Director of Photography: YU Linxuan
Editor: Tom LIN, Matthieu LACLAU
Art Director: WANG Xiao, ZHANG Haoyang
Sound: ZHU Yunhao
Music: Varqa BUEHRER
Starring: SHANG Yuxian, YUE Xiaoke, AI Liya, ZHAO Yanguozhang, ZHANG Xinran
About the film
GROWING APART centers its story on an 18 year-old rebellious skater-boy Cheng Fei who knows nothing about his mother. One day, he finds a notice of a missing girl in his father’s drawer, it was an online friend that he frequented but disappeared two years ago. In his research, he uncovers the dark truth hidden between two families.
This film depicts the fate of ordinary people in the aftermath of family planning by placing the camera on youth in the modern China. During thirty-five years of implement of one-child policy in China, it imprinted several generations with cruelty. The side effect is notably marked by the patriarchal ideology, more sacrifice of women, who become the victim and accomplice of the era.
With a contemporary touch, first-time director Long Lingyun successfully creating vivid characters with simple scenes, dialogues, and music. Accompanied by the nonlinear editing, a seemingly brutal tale of youth gradually turns up to a be tragic social drama. In the end, Cheng Fei reconcile with his father, leaves us a hope, guides us to embrace life with the past on the shoulder.
FIRST International Film Festival 2022
LONG Lingyun graduates from College Central Saint Martins with a MA degree in Performance Design and Practice. He is the director of cinematography of the Chilean feature film Still Life with Insects. He has worked for MTD, a pioneering theatre group in the UK, and has participated in the production of several multimedia interactive theatrical videos.
He has worked for ELLE and VOGUE CHINA as video supervisor and commercial director and collaborated with brands such as Mercedes Benz, Chanel, L’Oréal, Avène, Bulgari, H&M, Westin Hotels among others.