China | 2018 | 94min | Debut Feature
Director: ZHU Xin
Screenwriter: ZHU Xin, DAI Ying
Producer: WANG Jingyuan, XIA Yantao, ZHAO Jin
Cinematographer: ZHANG Wei, WANG Chenhao
Music: TAO Zhen
Art Director: CHENXIN Jialan, JIN Jiachen
Starring: JIANG Li, HUANG Jing, CHEN Yan, LI Xiaoxin, LU Jiahe
About the film
The fate of two families are intertwined with each other in the midst of their migration from Huzhou to Hangzhou. On a stifling hot summer day, fourteen-year-old girl LI Senlin sees her father leave home on a business trip, and senses something wrong with his sudden departure. She follows him, but falls into a fountain. When she returns home, her idea for her Summer essay is inspired by the surprise visit of Aunt Qiuqiu, her mother’s old friend.
Senlin weaves the stories of The Grand Canal from a decade earlier, with Aunt Qiuqiu’s memory of her husband’s death, into her summer essay, which becomes as complicated as the random flicker of snow on TV. Senlin feels an intimate connection between Qiuqiu and herself. Although Aunt Qiuqiu quietly leaves without informing anyone, she eventually realizes her promise: she picks up the red flag that belongs to her daughter, however wet she is.
VANISHING DAYS is a musing of a young Chinese girl, a mysterious labyrinth of childhood, and a fictional summer essay diluted with real life experiences. The director probes into the imaginary past of the elder generation from a child’s perspective, and simultaneously outlines a psychological map of his hometown, Hangzhou.
23rd Busan International Film Festival 2018
New Currents Competition
17th Marrakech International Film Festival 2018
69th Berlinale 2019
43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival 2019
Young Cinema Competition
23rd Sofia International Film Festival 2019
21st Taipei Film Festival 2019
38th Vancouver International Film Festival 2019
ZHU Xin, born in June, 1996, graduated from China Academy of Art in 2018. His debut feature, VANISHING DAYS(2018), was selected to Berlinale Forum, Busan International Film Festival New Currents, and screened at more than 30 international film festivals, including Hong Kong, Taipei, Marrakech, Sofia and Vienna.
He is now preparing for his second feature, WHO IS SLEEPING ON MY PILLOW, which was selected by Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum 2019, Award WU Tianming Film Fund for Young Talents 2019 and Rotterdam’s CineMart 2020, which made the only project from China in 2020. It was also awarded Project of the Year by Zhejiang Youth Film Festival – New Directors. In addition, ZHU Xin and his collaborators’ installation artwork, WEST LAKE COLLECTION is on exhibition at CAA Art Museum.