SEPTEMBER 14-20, 2019

A FIRST FAREWELL

China
2018, 88 mins
Production: Beijing Medoc Film Co., Ltd.
Language: Uyghur, Mandarin
Format: DCP

Scriptwriter: Lina Wang
Director: Lina Wang
DoP: Li Yong
Composer: Wenzi
Producer: Qin Xiaoyu, Cai Qingzeng
Editor: Matthieu Laclau
Cast: Isa Yasan, Kalbinur Rahmati, Alinaz Rahmati, Musa Yasan, Yasan Kamisu, Ugulem Sugur,Tajigul Heilmeier

 Synopsis

 Deep in northwestern China, surrounded by cotton fields and desert, lies the Uyghur village that Isa calls home. When he is not at school or working on his parents‘ farmyard, he spends carefree days with his friends – until the outside world starts forcing him to say one goodbye after another. With Isa’s mother‘s illness, Isa‘s best friend Kalbinur leaving the vilage, and then the little lamb, which the two children had been looking after disappearance. Captured in naturalistic imagery, winter closes in on Isa‘s world.

 Director’s biography

Lina Wang was born in the Uighur region in Xinjiang in 1987 and studied at the Communication University of China. A First Farewell is her debut film and a poetic piece dedicated to her hometown. The film is a perfect combination of reality, poetry and story.

Director’s filmography

2018 A First Farewel