Damp Season

  • 109'
  • China
  • 2020

There's already talk of a 'Southern Wave', as one remarkable film after another, from Long Days Journey Into Night to Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains, emerges from the (sub)tropical South of China.

The characteristic hypnotic, clammy atmosphere of this wave is distinctly felt in the second feature film from Gao Ming from Shenzhen, who uses the dampness of early summer there as a lens through which to zoom in on the relationship between a young couple who grow apart, throwing themselves into the arms of others. She is an independent young woman who works in a florist's shop, he is an immature brooder working as a security guard. As their relationship hits a dead end – as so often, without them really noticing – the film focuses in on what is left unsaid and the meandering triviality of life, until that suddenly and unexpectedly regains direction.

Director
Gao Ming
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
China
Production Year
2020
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
109'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Hui nan tian
Language
Chinese
Producers
Huang Xufeng, Wang Lei
Production Companies
Factory Gate Films, Pokwai Pictures
Sales
Rediance
Cinematography
Otsuka Ryuji
Editor
Liao Ching-Song
Music
Luo Keju
Cast
Huang Yucong, Chen Xuanyu, Liang Long, Phoebe Lin, Huang Yongjie