Ying Liang at IFFR
Taking Father Home
The quest of a Chinese country kid who goes to the big city (Zigong) to find his father turns into an unexpected confrontation.
The Other Half
Xiaofen works as an assistant in a law firm, but has as many problems as her clients. The latest film in in vérité style by the talented Ying Liang, last year one of the major surprises in the Tiger Competition with Taking Father Home, is both socially and psychologically complex. The position of women in today’s China is examined.
Ironic analysis of the conflict between farmers and project developers in Ying's home province Sichuan sketches a satirical yet also surprisingly light-hearted picture of both young dreamers and shameless developers. Best film so far by the maker of Taking Father Home and The Other Half.
Burial rites become the mise-en-scène in which politicians, the media, a monk and an infuriated neighbour vividly portray the aftermath of an accident.
When Night Falls
Reconstruction of a notorious case in China: a young man kills six policeman, after which his mother is locked up in a psychiatric hospital. Regular Rotterdam guest Ying Liang focuses on the mother in this beautifully acted, clearly structured and prize-winning drama.
A Sunny Day
A woman from Hong Kong planning to join the umbrella protests goes to visit her father, who is moving to an old folks’ home.
I Have Nothing to Say
Mother and daughter meet for the first time in five years. Ying Liang’s new film combines a family drama with contemporary politics.