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Christmas 冬冬的圣诞节

19m Drama 2021

Language:Mandarin, Putian Dialect with English Subtitles

Synopsis In a small fishing village in Fujian province, people have been fishing for generations and it seems to be their destiny to become fishermen from birth. The same is true for young Dong Dong, who reluctantly follows his father and learns how to become a proper fisherman. Longing for the Western world, Dong Dong yearns for a new pair of basketball shoes on Christmas Eve, but his father is unable to grant his wish. “What kind of Christmas do Chinese people have?” The cultural and generational clash relentlessly hits this single fisherman’s family. Under the double whammy of unforgiving reality and the glamorous ‘American Dream’, the fishing village boy chooses to disappear.

Director’s Statement At a time of globalisation, Western culture has deeply influenced the lives of Chinese teenagers. After the reform and opening up, influenced by consumerism, concepts such as the NBA, Christmas, Hollywood, fried chicken and Nike sneakers are present in the world of Chinese teenagers all the time. Although in reality, they may be far, far away from that world. However, in a closed, boring, day-to-day fishing town, the glorious ‘ideal country’ that Dong Dong imagines in his mind is within his reach. The details of his room and the ‘surreal’ environment his father encounters during his search for his son are a reflection of Dong Dong’s inner world.

Curators’ Notes The different brightness of the cool blue tones and a large number of static shots depict the breathtakingly unchanging lives of father and son. Their fate is set, no matter how hard they try. The silent tug between this father and son is revealed, as they long for each other’s response, but are estranged under the weight of life. And behind the craving for new sneakers is a young man’s defiance of his fate and expectations for the future.

Festivals & Awards

2021 Locarno Film Festival - International Short Film Competition

Director

Fengrui Zhang

Producer

Fengrui Zhang

Languages

Mandarin, Putian Dialect

Subtitles

English

Countries

China, USA

Bonus Content

Q&A with Director Fengrui Zhang

12m

with Director Fengrui Zhang

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