THE THIRD SOLAR TERM
China | 2021 | 21min | Short
Director: SONG Zhanfei
Screenwriter: SONG Zhanfei
Producer: LIANG Naixin
Cinematographer: LIU Tong
Art Director: SU Aoya
Casting: XING Fengyi, ZHU Zhu, DUO Le, BAI Renzhuo
About the film
Shortly after The Third Solar Term of the Chinese Calendar (惊蛰 jingzhe), Qizhe Sun returns home to spend the spring break with his mother, whose constant lecturing, however, makes him rebellious. When his mother unexpectedly catches him at his secret rendezvous with a red-haired young man, the supposedly relaxing homecoming turns into a turbulent identity crisis—one which forces him to come to terms with his growing homosexuality and his desire to be the perfect son.
Brewing in the subtly violent mood of adolescent romance, this coming-of-age short film is a deep dive into a homosexual teenager’s increasingly complicated world. It gives an unflinching look at teen sex and family lies—the little secrets that define the overwhelming thing called puberty.
Busan International Film Festival 2021
Wide Angle: Asian Short Film Competition
Song Zhanfei is a young Chinese filmmaker, currently lives and works in Beijing. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), where he has developed an eclectic style through his practice of diverse video forms. His earlier works mainly aim to criticize traditional cultural values. Song also holds a MA from London Film School. During his years at LFS, he worked as the cinemaphotographer and editor on several short films including JOANS IN THE THREE COLORS, THE FRAME, and AKROBAT, which have been screened at numerous films in Europe and Asia.