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A Song Sung Blue

A Window on Asian Cinema

Family/Child · LGBTQ+ · Love/Romance · Coming of Age · Women  

  • CountryChina
  • Production Year2023
  • Running Time91min
  • Format DCP
  • ColorColor
Program Note
In Harbin, China, in the early 2010s, fifteen-year-old Xian goes to live with her estranged father when her mother, a doctor, takes a job in Africa for a year. Her initial anticipation that this would be the worst summer of her life takes a dramatic turn when she encounters the captivating Mingmei at her father’s photo studio. A girl’s coming-of-age story, A Song Sung Blue is infused with the romantic fervor and nostalgic sentiments that come with a teenage girl’s admiration for another woman. Just as the vibrant Mingmei enters Xian’s quiet and solitary world, the film’s tonal scheme, dominated by aquamarine blue, is accentuated with vivid red accents whenever Mingmei steps into the frame, creating a dreamy atmosphere. Photography plays a significant role in the film, not only serving as a repository of memories but also a lens that captures elusive allure, desire, and concealed emotions. (HONG Soin)
GENG Zihan
Geng Zihan was born in Beijing in 1996 and graduated from The Central Academy of Drama. Her short films include A Ray of Sunshine (2019) and Green Screen (2021). Green Screen was selected by LA Shorts International Film Festival. Her feature film, A Song Sung Blue, was invited to the Directors’ Fortnight at the Festival de Cannes.
  • Director GENG Zihan 겅즈한
  • Cast Meijun ZHOU, Ziqi HUANG, Jing LIANG, Long LIANG
  • Screenplay Yining LIU
  • Cinematography Jiayue HAO
  • Editor Matthieu LACLAU, Yann-Shan TSAI
  • Sound Yang ZHANG
  • Music Hank LEE
  • Production Company The Seventh Art Pictures Co. Ltd.

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