‘A Gentle Night’

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/6/6 17:23:39

Qiu Yang (left) Photo: IC



Promotional material for A Gentle Night Photo: Courtesy of Zhang Zhaowei





At the end of May, Chinese short film A Gentle Night by director Qiu Yang won the Short Film Palme d'Or at the Cannes International Film Festival. The 15-minute work was the only Chinese film in competition this year.

The film depicts a mother in Changzhou, East China's Jiangsu Province, who is searching for her daughter who went missing after school one day.

This is not the first time that Qiu, a graduate from Victoria University in Australia, has been to Cannes. In 2015, his short film work Under the Sun also participated in competition.

The media-shy Qiu refused most interview requests with reporters after his win. 

Zhang Zhaowei, an associate producer on the film, told the Global Times that the film was inspired by real events of a girl who went missing in Changzhou, Qiu's hometown. Seeing the news of her disappearance and eventual return, Qiu decided to make a film to explore the story.

"He is very insistent and persistent in his goals, and is a very talented director," Zhang said, explaining that Qiu's unique approach to filmmaking and cinematography were what drove her and her company, Real Image Media, to invest in the film.

She explained that her company is searching for other films based on real life events.

Zhang added that with this win, a number of companies from around the world have shown interest in purchasing the distribution rights to the film.

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