WINTER AFTER WINTER
China, 2019, 110′
Winter after Winter, shot in black-and-white, is set during the Japanese occupation of Manchuria. It is 1944 and the Japanese are searching for young men who can work as forced labour. In order to secure the bloodline, father Lao Si asks his youngest son to make sister-in-law Kun pregnant. Just when the shy boy is stooping over Kun, he and his brother are taken away. Without his father knowing, the youngest son returns seven months later and hides in Kun’s cellar. As a result, Kun does get pregnant, which leads to all kinds of complications.
Born in 1984 in Liao Ning Province, Xing Jian starts to learn painting at a very young age. He graduated from Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts Middle School and Meishi Film Academy of Chongqing University, film photography major. His debut feature Seven Days won Best Art Contribution Award at the 39th Montreal World Film Festival in 2015.