华夏风情画 CHINESE PANORAMA
Winter After Winter
- 中国 . 邢健
- China . Xing Jian
中国 China / 2019 / 110 Min / Rating PG13 – Some Sexual References 些许性相关语 / Mandarin 华语 / English & Chinese subtitles 中英字幕
The 48th International Film Festival Rotterdam: Bright Future Main Programme
Winter after Winter, shot in black-and-white, is set during the Japanese occupation of Manchuria. It is 1944 and the Japanese are searching northeastern China for young men who can be set to work as forced labour. In order to secure the bloodline, father Lao Si asks his youngest son to make sister-in-law Kun pregnant. Lao Si’s second son has ﬂed the Japanese, and the eldest is impotent. Just when the shy boy is stooping over Kun, he and his brother are taken away.
Without his father knowing, the youngest son returns seven months later and hides in Kun’s cellar. As a result, Kun does get pregnant, which leads to all kinds of complications when she is married oﬀ and the fugitive son, now a guerrilla, occasionally returns home. Xing Jian situates the action in his home region and flms the harsh life of a family in long takes with ﬂuid camerawork.