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So Long, My Son
Original title:
Di jiu tian chang
Slovenian title:
Zbogom, sin moj
Section:
PANORAMA
Country, year:
China, 2019
Length:
176
Directed by:
Wang Xiaoshuai
Screenplay:
A Mei, Wang Xiaoshuai
Cinematography:
A Mei, Wang Xiaoshuai
Music:
Dong Yingda
Subtitles:
Slovenian
Language:
Chinese
Voting code:
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Cast:
Wang Jingchun (Liu Yaojun), Yong Mei (Wang Liyun), Qi Xi (Shen Moli), Wang Yuan (Liu Xing), Du Jiang (Shen Hao), Ai Liya (Li Haiyan), Xu Cheng (Shen Yingming), Li Jingjing (Gao Meiyu), Zhao Yanguozhang (Zhang Xinjian)
Awards:
Berlinale 2019 (Best Actress, Best Actor), Urugvaj/Uruguay (Special Jury Award, Audience Award)

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Description:
Focusing on a married couple coming to terms with the untimely death of their young son, So Long, My Son chronicles people and a society in full transformation.
'We're waiting to grow old'. This sentence briefly sums up Yaoyun and his wife Liyun's bitter realisation about their lives. They were once a happy family - until their son drowned playing by a reservoir. And so Yaojun and Liyun leave their home and plunge into the big city, although nobody knows them there and they cannot even understand the local dialect. Their adopted son Liu Xing does not offer them the comfort they had hoped for. Defiantly rejecting his 'foreign' parents, he one day disappears altogether. The married couple are repeatedly enmeshed in their memories. Finally, they decide to return to the site of their lost hopes.

"It is perhaps a pessimistic way of looking at it, but very much about one thing, those of us who grew up under the "one child" policy, which is the need to be extremely cautious about protecting your child and your family. So, what happens if disaster comes? And the impact of that era is much broader than just in between the family, it has had impacts on the level of the whole of society." (Wang Xiaoshuai)