Asian New Force Category Finalist
Dad And The Son
China / Col / 30’00” / In Gansu dialect with Chinese and English subtitles
Ping is the son of a divorced father. One day he finds out that his beloved lamb has been sold by his dad. Ping refuses to talk to him and begins to save money through discreet means. By the time he has saved enough to buy his lamb back, it has already been killed by plague. The father and son continue to live their ordinary lives.
The film is jointly completed by my father and me. The story is inspired by a childhood friend of mine, whose mother killed herself with pesticide when he was two. Since then his father and he have been living their life dependent on each other. As I was writing the script, I made reference to his experience, as well as our childhood memories about digging herbs and hunting scorpions.