Director: Hu Kaixiang
Screenwriter: Hu Kaixiang
Cast: Huang Tingkai, Hu Kaixiang
Producer: Hu Minghang, Sun Weile
Cinematographer: Gu Yupeng
Genre: Narrative Short
Subtitles: Chinese, English
Production Company: School of Theater, Film and Television, Communication University of China
One summer, I was filming by the seaside, and I met him. I was playing as a floating dead body. He thought that I committed suicide by drowning, and “saved” me by the seaside. I fell in love with him right away. We went to watch all the movies I loved; I talked to him about my fascination with death. I asked if he would come to my funeral after my death. He could no longer bear with that and left me. After all the incidents, I sit in the theater, looking at the big screen, watching our stories taking place, and realize that everything is my imagination. Yet, I would love to stay in that fictional story.
导演介绍 Director Biography
Hu Kaixiang was born in Shenzhen, Guangdong on August 9, 2002, a current directing major student at Communication University of China. He filmed his first personal video essay, Quan Jia Fu (Family Portrait), on February 8, 2022. All his family members—himself, together with his parents and the younger sister—were portrayed in the film, revealing how his sexual orientation brings a shadow to this family. Everyone avoids talking about it and pretends to be fine with the thing. On August 2, 2022, he filmed Dance on My Grave.
导演阐述 Director Statement
I was intended to adapt Aidan Chambers’ Dance on My Grave. However, it was hard to turn that story into one under the Chinese cultural society. Instead, I started to work on my own story. This short film was almost based on my personal story, probably based on similar romantic moments I had seen, my own imagination, or my yearning for love. After learning filmmaking, I dreamed about making a satisfying queer film. This was my first attempt. Even though there were many flaws, I felt proud of myself based on my ability for now. The story could be seen as a fantasy—a fantasy caused by a crush. In real life, I also have many crushes, loves at first sight, but fail to get more out of them because of my sexual orientation. Caravaggio’s painting, “Narcissus” appears in the short; the poster also includes the idea of “twinning.” I created “him” as a mixture of myself and many of my ex-s. Because of the openness about sex among gay people, I sometimes feel lost between the attraction towards spiritual souls and physical bodies. Film, as a very personal way of communication to me, was brought up in every single relationship I had before. Thus, I employ “cinephilia” in this short film as well. Death is also an important topic to me—from being too afraid of death to fall asleep in junior high, to developing a yearning for the unknown of death after experiencing suspended animation twice. Together with the inspiration brought by Chambers’ novel, I gave this name, Dance on My Grave, to my short film. There is a small wish that people can still watch the films I made and left to the world, remembering me.