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Faced with the death of the Father, a family copes with grieving and loss, as
they prepare their home for Father’s return on the seventh night
The theme of this short film is very simple – to explore how Chinese cope with
the loss of a family member and how they support each other to get through this
One of the most
important characteristics that represents Chinese culture is the uniqueness and
subtlety of Chinese people when connecting with each other. Take the characters
in this film as an example, they do not usually express their feeling in a
direct and explicit manner, but it doesn’t mean there isn’t an intimate bond.
On the contrary, the family tie is very strong. They love and cherish each
other, but in a subtle way through physical interactions.
In order to achieve this subtleness, it is necessary to depict and
visualize the story through a Chinese perspective. After a lot of discussions
and explorations, we have decided to borrow the ideas of traditional Chinese
arts and philosophy. As inspired by the Taoist theory of landscape painting,
when we present something, we don’t narrate. We don’t explicitly and
subjectively decipher an emotion for the viewers. We rather minimize the
dramatic quality of the plot and preserve the natural flow of all the actions
and rhythm in the diegetic world. We introduce the viewers to the scenes and
let them feel the atmosphere, and then we ask them to use their own imagination
or feeling to join in the pleasure of looking with the artist and interpret the
emotions on their own.
Editor : Kenji L. (kantorates)
Screenwriter:Carter Leung, Charlotte Tai, Loraine Tai
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