Cast: Na Renhua, Zhenyuan Chen, Yinyue Zhang, Xing Ming, Xilu Wang, Thomas Fiquet, Renyuan Wu, Fuzhu Li, Bing Jiang, Nan Ji
In this remarkable feature debut, a Teddy Jury Award winner at the Berlinale, decades of secrets and resentment wreak havoc on a Chinese family. Upon returning home to her parents, expectant mother Huang Xiaoyu is immediately embroiled in their ongoing feud, triggered by her father’s gay affairs and her fire-breathing mother’s entry into a predatory cult. Shifting nimbly between past and present, director Lisa Zi Xiang unflinchingly dissects the societally mandated repression that passes unhappiness down through each generation.
Xiang Zi is a Chinese film director and screenwriter. She began her career in filmmaking in her senior year when studying Economics at Beijing Forestry University. Before shooting her first feature A Dog Barking at the Moon, she studied filmmaking in New York and worked as a camera assistant, DIT and teaching assistant in Los Angeles.
A runaway girl stays in a love motel down the street from her house to avoid an escalating confrontation with her parents.