The Third Solar Term
Cast｜Fengyi Xing, Zhu Zhu, Le Duo, Renzhuo Bai
Genre｜Fiction, Drama, Short
Production Company｜London Film School
Qizhe returns home to spend his spring break with his mother. After meeting a man who he originally met online, he begins to lose control of his double life–one which is living true to himself, and the other, which is pretending to be the perfect son.
Zhanfei Song, a young Chinese filmmaker, currently lives and works in Beijing. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), where he has developed an eclectic style through his practice of diverse video forms. His earlier works mainly aim to criticize traditional cultural values. Song also holds a MA from London Film School. During his years at LFS, he worked as the cinemaphotographer and editor on several short films, which have been screened at numerous film festivals in Europe and Asia.
Nowadays, as the Chinese middle-class youth benefit from the relatively abundant material wealth and comfortable living standards, they become more audacious in exploring their sexual identities, which sometimes conflict with the ideologies the older generations believe in. For the younger generations, being true to themselves in the churning contemporary identity politics is challenging, particular in the space of family, where they confront the expectations of their parents. Against such a social backdrop, Qizhe, the protagonist of my film, is thrown into the turmoil of desire and lies as he comes of age with his homosexuality. Despite his efforts to maintain “peace” under a fragile familial roof, Qizhe needs to choose between his own happiness and that of his mother’s, thereby facing his “fated growth”.