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制片人:Sophie Cadet

Director: Dandan Lang
Screenwriter: Dandan Lang
Cast: Chunting-Lin, Dandan Lang
Producer: Sophie Cadet
Cinematographer: Lan Chen
Genre: Featured short film
Length: 23min
Year: 2022
Dialogue: Mandarin Chinese
Region: France, Germany
Production Company: —

故事梗概 Synopsis


As the city of Chengdu changes, the future of the beloved club Funky Town is unclear. For a vibrant group of DJs, drag performers, lovers, ravers, and skaters this is a sanctuary for underground partying and allows them to thrive after the sun sets. It’s the one place that accepts them for who they really are, whilst they run away from their problems during the day. With construction cranes looming from an encroaching metro station, the friends are forced to face what brought them to the party in the first place and make the most of their remaining time there. THE LAST YEAR OF DARKNESS is a coming-of-age film that celebrates the ephemerality of youth—from love to loss, from throwing up to growing up.

导演介绍 Director’s Biography


This is Ben’s second feature-length documentary and 6th year coming back to Chengdu. He speaks Chinese. His first feature DON’T BE A DICK ABOUT IT won the 2018 Audience Award at IDFA and is being distributed by Oscilloscope. He now works directing commercials and music videos. His works include Cannes Silver Lion Advertising award, Vimeo Staff Picks, NYT Op-Docs, and some of his films have millions of views. His previous short films have gotten into 50+ festivals around the world including Tribeca (GNARLY IN PINK) and Slamdance (WHAT I HATE ABOUT MYSELF).


导演阐述 Director’s Statement


The Last Year of Darkness is a coming-of-age documentary about five of the friends I made in the underground party scene in Chengdu, China. The film is a celebration of life and a love letter to this wonderful community I’ve been so lucky to be a part of.

This film is really personal to me. Funky Town is where I go to escape my problems, even if only for the night. It’s the epicenter of the underground community in Chengdu where everyone who doesn’t fit into conventional society can feel wild and free. Funky Town has saved our lives. Techno music has saved our lives. My goal for this project was to create a portrait of a temporary utopia and share this intimate space with a larger audience.

I connect deeply with the journeys of my main characters and I hope that folks all around the world will too. Battling depression, the exhaustion that comes from living as an artist, the struggles you face just trying to keep the lights on: these issues have played a part in the defining moments of my life thus far and they’re central to the coming of age stories of each character in the documentary.