Four Springs

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Four Springs (2017)

105 min - Documentary - 30 December 2017
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Four Springs is a documentary film that presented a family's daily life in the remote town of Dushan in the Guizhou province in southwest China. From a subjective angle, the camera induced the flow of life out of the screen: the quotidian toils, singing, excursions in nature, visits among friends and extended families, funerals, reunions and departures. It presented the state of being of the two main characters, the director's own parents, and their attitude when facing irretrievable loss in life.

Director:  Lu Qingyi
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Storyline

Four Springs is a documentary film that presented a family's daily life in the remote town of Dushan in the Guizhou province in southwest China. From a subjective angle, the camera induced the flow of life out of the screen: the quotidian toils, singing, excursions in nature, visits among friends and extended families, funerals, reunions and departures. It presented the state of being of the two main characters, the director's own parents, and their attitude when facing irretrievable loss in life.


Collections: Lu Qingyi

Genres: Documentary

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Country:   China
Language:  普通话
Release Date:  30 December 2017

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Company Credits

Production Companies:  Rivers Pictures, Fortissimo Films

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 45 min

Filmed in the remote town of Dushan in southwest China over the course of Four Springs.

Related: Interview to Lu Qingyi

From a subjective angle, the camera captures the flow of life and everyday routines of director’s own parents. We follow their daily chores, hobbies, walks in nature, visits of family and friends, reunions and departures. Their optimism, good humor, resilience and acceptance shine through, even in the face of irretrievable loss.

Filmed in the remote town of Dushan in southwest China over the course of Four Springs. From a subjective angle, the camera captures the flow of life and everyday routines of director’s own parents. We follow their daily chores, hobbies, walks in nature, visits of family and friends, reunions and departures. Their optimism, good humor, resilience and acceptance shine through, even in the face of irretrievable loss.

Director’s statement:

In 2012, I wrote a diary (My Father) and posted it on the internet. To my surprise, it spread quickly. Within two days, thousands of people expressed their interest in it and sent blessings to my parents.

Their enthusiasm prompted me to look at the seemingly ‘common life’ of my parents differently. Before the Spring Festival of 2013, I began to record fragments of my parents’ life using a Nikon D800.

In 2014 my family suffered an irretrievable loss: my elder sister died of lung cancer. The family fell into endless grief. As I changed from a participant to an observer of life, I was more and more moved by the open-minded, pristine philosophy of life that my parents revealed in their daily communication with people and nature.

Festivals

Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2018 – Nominated for Best documentary and Best Editing
Xining FIRST International Film Festival 2018 – Best Documentary Award