OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018
HALF THE SKY – BRICS SHORTS 2 – 99min
DIRECTOR & WRITER : Yulin Liu
SK Nouveau 5, 15 Oct @ 12.30pm | Nu Metro 4, 18 Oct @ 12pm
A year after her husband’s death, Shuxian QIN lives a simple life together with her daughter Xiaodan ZHOU. At some point during this year, Shuxian met Chef DONG and their hearts bonded. On this night, they are making ‘jade dumplings’ together to have for dinner with Xiaodan in hope that
she will accept their relationship. Xiaodan rejects the dumplings and more devastatingly, rejects their relationship. She thinks Chef DONG is inferior to her deceased father and doesn’t ‘match’ their family’s socio-economic status. Chef DONG leaves Shuxian. A year later, Shuxian QIN doesn’t mention Chef DONG to her daughter anymore. In fact, they don’t talk at all anymore. Under her mother’s silent treatment, Xiaodan is on the edge of a nervous
breakdown. Shuxian seeks out Chef DONG after hearing that he is getting married. They shared some ‘old words’ and those ‘old words’ awoke Xiaodan who was hiding behind a tree nearby; and dramatically changed the lives of mother and daughter.
Executively produced by JIA Zhang-Ke. Following the vast positive reception and critiques on the first BRICS co-production of “Where Has Time Gone,” the same team initiated a new project. Gathering five female directors from China, Russia, India, Brazil, and South Africa, each to make a short film on the subject of “Contemporary Female Sentiments and the Society” from feminine visual perspectives. The five independent shorts are then compiled into an analogy feature film called “Half the Sky.”
“Half the Sky” has become an important theoretical generalization and practice of feminism worldwide. Through their works and realizations, the five women directors comprehend, listen to and focus on feminine values.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Born in Beijing, China, Yulin LIU graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in Filmmaking.
In 2014, the short narrative film Door God, acclaiming awards at both the Student Academy Awards (Oscar®) and the Annual Directors Guild of America Student Film Awards. Door God was selected into over 50
international film festivals and won multiple awards.
In 2016, Yulin directed her first feature film Someone to Talk to, which was selected into many film festivals including Busan, Cairo and Berlin
Film Festivals, and the Taiwan Golden Horse Awards, etc.