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”?


Daily life in my memory.

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


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?


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.

Photo © RENCai


To find out more about Xia Wu Guo Qu Le Yi Ban, go to 8:11 in the video.

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