Zhang Dalei on “Xia Wu Guo Qu Le Yi Ban” / interview

Born in Inner Mongolia in 1982, he graduated with a degree in directing from the St. Petersburg National Camera and Television University in Russia. As a director and screenwriter, he is known for his work on “The Summer is Gone”, “Fuzz” and “Stars Await Us”.

What was your starting point for “Xia Wu Guo Qu Le Yi Ban”?

记忆中的日常生活。

Daily life in my memory.

Do you have a favourite moment in the film? Which one and why this one?

有最喜欢的时刻,是小雷和姥爷在客厅看电视,父母送小舅出门,之后母亲进客厅接电话并告诉姥爷小雷的大舅要给孩子开家长会,之后走到小院子里和小雷母亲商量下午的计划,屋子里姥爷和小雷尬聊。这是一个完整的长镜头调度,我感觉记忆中的时间重新流动了起来,像白日梦一样。

Yes. One of my favorite moments was when Xiao Lei and his grandpa are watching the film (directed by Xiaolei), in the living room. Meanwhile, his parents are sending his uncle out, then his mother enters the living room to answer the phone and tells the grandpas that Xiao Lei’s uncle needs to participate in a parent meeting of school for his kid. After that, she turns back to the front yard to discuss the plans for this afternoon with Xiao Lei’s father. Xiao Lei and the grandpa stay in the living room and keeps their conversation during the whole. This is a complete long take. I feel that the time in my memory is flowing again, like a daydream.

What do you like about the short form?

对于我来说短片和长片一样,都是我需要的表达方式,所需要的工作细节和创作元素没区别。

For me, short films are the same as feature films. They are all the way of expressions that I need. All the required work details and creative elements are all the same.


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