Director: Siyuan Liu
Screenwriter: Siyuan Liu
Cast: Yi Tian
Producer: Chengqing Zhu
Cinematographer: Yingying “Sherry” Qian
Genre: Featured short
Subtitles: Chinese, English
Production Company: None
During post-pandemic in Wuhan, a young woman, Y, who is isolated in this new city, tries to build connections with different people and objects to fill the void in her heart.
导演介绍 Director Biography
Siyuan Liu was born in Wuhan, Hubei, China in 1997. She double majored in Radio and Television Science and English Translation and Interpreting in Wuhan University for her bachelor’s degree and is now studying MFA film directing program in CalArts. A stranger who spent the first 21 years of her life in her hometown, but gradually forgot how to speak her native dialect. As a film director, a radio enthusiast, a literature lover and a wild songwriter, she uses chats and words to record life and collect stories, and then uses images and sounds to convey emotions and tell stories. Most of her works focus on the intimate relationships between people, between people and the outside environment and even between people and their inner worlds. She tries to draw a balance between empathy and rationality, between idealism and cynicism. She tries to put words floating in the air like ‘loneliness’, ‘void’ and ‘understanding’ into reality, hoping to let the audience gain the most authentic feelings of their own in the fiction construction. She is also the founder, anchor, recording engineer and editor of the podcast ‘BOBO Radio’, which has been recording her life and thoughts at that moment with the frequency of a weekly issue since 2016.
导演阐述 Director Statement
I wrote this story while being alone in my small apartment in the United States during the pandemic in 2020.
At that time, the sense of emptiness and loneliness, mixed with the worries about my hometown Wuhan, formed a strange circle of numbness and tension. I was eager for real contact with people, and had more time to trace back my memories. I also hoped that every brave but fragile person could find their own strength.
After all, it’s like we’re all living in a pause.