THE DAY BEFORE CHINESE NEW YEAR

Director: Lam Can-zhao 2016 | 23 min.
Country: China
Languages: Teochew Dialect, Chinese
Genres: Documentary, Social Issues, Human rights

Synopsis:
The day before Chinese New Year, Mr. Monkey chopped the wood, lit-up the fire, cooked the food as if nothing was gonna happen; Eventually, nothing ever happened.

Director Statement:
Everyone lives as if no one “knew”.

The film was screened at many international film festivals including:
2016  Les Rencontres d’Arles, France
2016  Thai Short Film and Video Festival
2016  Hanoi International Film Festival, Vietnam
2016  Chinese Visual Arts Film Festival: Best Documentary
2016  Muestra de Cine Documental Central-Doc, Mexico
2016  IUPUI’s Short Film Festival, USA
2016  Amphibia Youth Film Festival, China
2017  Festival De Cine De Ituzaingo: Special Mention
2017  International Film Festival of Lebu: Special Mention
2017  Salón Internacional de la Luz:Best Cinematography(Documentary)
2017  Los Angeles Chinese Film Festival: Best Documentary Short
2017  Human Rights Nights Film Festival in Bologna, Italy
2017  Independent Days International Film Festival, Germany
2017  Chinese American Film Festival, USA
2017  Festival Brasil De Cinema Internacional
2017  Festival Internazionale del cinema documentario “Marcellino De Baggis”
2017  Barcelona Asia Film Festival
2017  The Global Chinese Universities Student Film and TV Festival, HK
2018  Filmfest Eberswalde, Germany
2018  FerFilm Festival, Kosovo

Film Reviews

The Day Before Chinese New Year slowly dives into the protagonist’s life and records a “special” day in a repetitive and tedious life through long takes. The cinematography and direction leave the viewer wondering about what “special” really means.

— LACFF

THE DAY BEFORE CHINESE NEW YEAR

Director: Lam Can-zhao 2016 | 23 min.
Country: China
Languages: Teochew Dialect, Chinese
Genres: Documentary, Social Issues, Human rights

Synopsis:
The day before Chinese New Year, Mr. Monkey chopped the wood, lit-up the fire, cooked the food as if nothing was gonna happen; Eventually, nothing ever happened.

Director Statement:
Everyone lives as if no one “knew”.

The film was screened at many international film festivals including:
2016  Les Rencontres d’Arles, France
2016  Thai Short Film and Video Festival
2016  Hanoi International Film Festival, Vietnam
2016  Chinese Visual Arts Film Festival: Best Documentary
2016  Muestra de Cine Documental Central-Doc, Mexico
2016  IUPUI’s Short Film Festival, USA
2016  Amphibia Youth Film Festival, China
2017  Festival De Cine De Ituzaingo: Special Mention
2017  International Film Festival of Lebu: Special Mention
2017  Salón Internacional de la Luz:Best Cinematography(Documentary)
2017  Los Angeles Chinese Film Festival: Best Documentary Short
2017  Human Rights Nights Film Festival in Bologna, Italy
2017  Independent Days International Film Festival, Germany
2017  Chinese American Film Festival, USA
2017  Festival Brasil De Cinema Internacional
2017  Festival Internazionale del cinema documentario “Marcellino De Baggis”
2017  Barcelona Asia Film Festival
2017  The Global Chinese Universities Student Film and TV Festival, HK
2018  Filmfest Eberswalde, Germany
2018  FerFilm Festival, Kosovo

Film Reviews

The Day Before Chinese New Year slowly dives into the protagonist’s life and records a “special” day in a repetitive and tedious life through long takes. The cinematography and direction leave the viewer wondering about what “special” really means.

— LACFF