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China | 2020 | 101min | Documentary

Director: Dan WEI

Screenwriter: Dan WEI

Cameraman: Dan WEI

Producer: Shan LI

Editor: Dan WEI

Sound: Mao YE

Starring: Xiuhua ZHANG, Yanping FENG, Yanqin FENG, Yan'an FENG

导演:魏丹

编剧:魏丹

摄影:魏丹

制片:李杉

剪辑:魏丹

声音:叶茂

主演:张秀花、冯燕平、冯燕琴、冯燕安

While the first reports of the Covid-19 outbreak in Wuhan are heard on the news, elsewhere in the country Zhang Xiuhua, who is suffering from a different disease, is fighting for her life. The doctors may have given up on her, but her children and grandchildren haven’t, and they’re doing everything possible to keep her with them for a little while longer.

We observe the family in restrained black-and-white as they struggle with their mother’s situation, the economic consequences of the pandemic, and each other. Pride and opposing worldview ultimately put a strain on relationships between the brothers and sisters — but they still don’t budge from their mother’s side.

Events within the family remain at the forefront, but the viewer repeatedly picks up on moments from the Covid crisis and the restrictions arising from it. In this way the film subtly interweaves a private crisis with a global emergency, and shows their reciprocal effects on a human life, at both micro and macro level.

Festival&Award

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International Documentary Filmfestival
Amsterdam 2020

Luminous

WEI Dan

WEI Dan is a Beijing-based independent filmmaker and screenwriter. His first feature film Warm House was selected by Mulan International Film Festival in Canada and was awarded Jury Prize Special Mention at the 3rd NEW ERA Film Festival in China.