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