Programme

STRIDING INTO THE WIND (YE MA FEN ZONG)

Shujun Wei

China, 2020 / 130 min / Mandarin OV with English subt. / Drama

An aimless film school student goes on an ambling road trip across China in a rickety old Jeep.

Fed up with his final year at film school, skilled sound recordist Kun is searching for something more. He coasts through class, works dead-end jobs, and is constantly at odds with his girlfriend. With a newly minted drivers’ license, an old second-hand Jeep, and his best friend in tow, Kun takes up with a student production and embarks on a journey of self-discovery across China’s lush, varied landscape.

“Featuring winning performances and directed with a wry emotional clarity, Striding into the Wind is a keenly observed meditation on movies, modern China, and the meandering restlessness of youth.” Chicago Film Festival

Screenings
Mon 08/03 13:00 Cinémathèque Mandarin OV EN subt. Public https://luxfilmfestfilms.megatix.be/en/HO00003366
Tue 09/03 10:00 Online Mandarin OV EN subt. Public https://online.luxfilmfest.lu/film/striding-into-the-wind-ye-ma-fen-zong/
Awards
  • Best Actor for You Zhou, Pingyao International Film Festival, 2020 (China)
Cast & Credits
Cast 
You Zhou, Yingchen Zheng, Linkai Tong, Xiaomu Wang, Duona Zhao
Screenplay 
Shujun Wie, Gao Linyang
Cinematographer 
Wang Jiehong
Sound 
He Wei, Hao Gang
Music 
Emanuele Arnone
Production 
Alibaba Pictures, Breaker
Distribution 
Films Boutique
Biography

Shujun Wei was born in Beijing, China in 1991, and began acting in films and TV dramas when he was 14 years old. He graduated from Communication University of China, majoring in Directing and Sound Engineering. While at university, he directed several documentaries such as Said in the Forbidden City (2011) and Hancheng Color (2013). His graduate short On the Border (2018) was awarded the Cannes Film Festival Special Jury Distinction and his feature debut Duck Neck (2017) was selected for the A Window on Asian Cinema strand at the Busan International Film Festival. Striding into the Wind (2020) made it to the Cannes 2020 selection.

Filmography
  • 2020 – Ye Ma Fen Zong
  • 2019 – Xigua (short)
  • 2018 – On the Border (short)
  • 2017 – Duck Neck
  • 2013 – Hancheng Color (documentary short)
  • 2011 – Said in the Forbidden City (documentary short)