Director: Mirzat Abduqadir
Screenwriter: Emetjan Memet, Mirzat Abduqadir
Cast: Erpan Erkin, Gheyret Tashpulat
Producer: Emetjan Memet
Cinematographer: Alinjan Abdusalam
Genre: Featured short
Dialogue: Uygur language
Subtitles: Chinese, English
Production Company: LEVO Films Pte. LTD
Disrupted by the pandemic, the newlyweds Akram and Adila had to change their original honeymoon plan to Hainan and went to the north of YIli unwillingly. They lived in Brother Yalikun’s house and gained his warmly welcome. For the meantime, Akram was attracted by Brother Yalikun’s nephew Joseph. The next day, Akram left the house with Adila in a sudden, which maked Adila so confused and anxious.
导演介绍 Director Biography
米尔扎提·阿不都卡迪尔 （Mirzat Abduqadir）1994年出生于新疆阿克苏，本科就读于北京外国语大学。2015年开始自学电影制作，长时间研读电影学及当代电影理论。并先后参与制作多部国内外关注度较高的新锐导演的作品，2020年拍摄的剧情短片《Friends》入选2020戛纳导演双周，并入围第十三届北京酷儿影展等多个电影节。2021年拍摄的剧情短片《The Pet》入围第十六届华语青年电影周等多个电影节。2022完成长片处女作和剧情短片《Honeymoon》。
Mirzat Abduqadir born in Aksu in 1994 and studied at Beijing Foreign Studies University. In 2015, he began to learn filmmaking and study film and contemporary film theory by himself. Moreover, he has participated in the production of several works of emerging directors with high attention at home and abroad. In 2020, the short feature film Friends was shortlisted in the 2020 Cannes Director’s Biweekly. In 2021, the short feature film The Pet was shortlisted in the 16th Chinese Youth Film Week and other film festivals. In 2022, he completed his long-length film debut and short feature film Honeymoon.
导演阐述 Director Statement
From my perspectives as a creator, the vitality of the characters is the most important thing and my continuous motivation to filmmaking which is also what I want to express directly to audiences in Honeymoon. It has abundant of non-physical tension. Encapsulated from every character’s dilemma, the subtle emotional experience related to everyone but beyond language is filmed. What’s more, when the minorities have encountered injustices and threats in the mainstream society because of their identities, as I saw, they are suffering self-doubt and self-rejection and choose to separate themselves from the community and some will even refuse the facts of their birth, gender, sexual orientation, identity, family, belief and so on, which is not only a problem caused externally by this age but also from the human’s internality. Inspired by this, I shot this film, Honeymoon, whose topic is related to LGBTQIA+, because they are also facing this kind of problem. And it is also the first film in Uyghur related to LGBTQIA+ and has regional and social value. I attempted to find the boundary and balance between truths and lies with methods by switching time and space. Not paying so much attention to the moral anxiety of the characters, the film is not so dramatic. In my opinion, people tend to let the problem unsolved and throw it into the time for comforting themselves in a society highly affected by fatalism.