ABOUT THE FILM:
One Summer is Director Yang Yishu’s first fiction feature. In tracing a woman’s efforts to find her husband and to understand why the police took him away without explanation, the film portrays the sentiment of perpetual anxiety, uncertainty and vulnerability that prevails contemporary China.
The film was selected for the 19th Busan International Film Festival (Korea, October 2014 ) and the 21th Vesoul International Film Festival (France, February 2015), and was awarded the Jury’s Prize.
One Summer follows Director Yang’s two documentaries, Who is Haoran? (2006), and On the Road (2010). Who is Haoran? was selected for the 59th Locarno International Film Festival, and the 31th Hong Kong International Film Festival. It has been collected by Songzhuang Art Center (a major base of Chinese independent cinema) and released by Lixianting Film fund.
On the Road was selected for the 7th China Documentary Film festival, the 7th China Independent Film Festival, and 2011 Seoul Independent Documentary Film & Video Festival.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Director Yang Yishu represents an important voice in contemporary independent Chinese cinema. In addition to making films, she also teaches as Associate Professor and serves as Associate Director of Film and Video Production Center in the Department of Drama, Film & TV, in the School of Liberal Arts at Nanjing University, China. She has published a monograph, Film Within Film: A Study of Meta-cinema (2012), as well as numerous articles on a wide range of topics, including gender issues, independent Chinese cinema, Jane Campion, and François Truffaut.
The screening will be followed by Q & A with Director Yang Yishu and her daughter who played the daughter in the film.
This event is co-sponsored by Departments of Film & Digital Media, Politics, and Anthropology.
Please direct questions to Yiman Wang (firstname.lastname@example.org)