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China |  2021 | 95min | Drama

Director: Dafei

Screenwriter: Dafei

Director of Photography: TANG Lai Kwong

Editor: WANG Yuye, Yuan Ze

Production Designer: LIANG Huajin

Sound Designer: LI Danfeng

Music: XIAO Bohan

Starring: Luo Sang Qun Pei, ZHANG Zimu, LIU Lu

导演 : 大飞


摄影指导: 邓礼光


造型指导: 梁华金




About the film

In his second feature film THE COFFIN PAINTER, Dafei tells a warm story of the cross-generational friendship between two strangers: Jia, an older man who has lost his son, and Seven, a middle school girl who runs from debt with her mother. As a coffin painter, the traditional Chinese craftsman who draws religious symbols on coffins, Jia witnesses people’s different attitudes towards their families living and dead. As time passes by, the three characters with distinct personalities drift closer and bring company and warmth to each other.

By depicting the mundane daily life in the remote town, Dafei embodies people’s loneliness in an indifferent world. The sincere and gloomy tone of the film drives us to feel the characters’ burdens and sorrow. As Jia and Seven understand and heal each other with their kindness, their life’s reverse point eventually comes…



Tokyo International Film Festival  2021

Asian Future Section

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Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Fest 2021

Asian Perspective


International Asian Cinema Festival of Vesoul 2022

Competition Feature

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Dafei, Chinese film writer and director, graduated from Shanxi Media College in 2007. In 2018, his debut feature SILENT WINTER was selected to the First Time Filmmaker Section of the 42nd Montreal International Film Festival. It won more than 20 nominations and awards including Best Film, Best Screenwriter at South Africa Independent Film Festival, and Best Original Screenplay at the London International Film Festival in 2019. THE COFFIN PAINTER is his second directorial feature.

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