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Dec 19, 2019
Rediance picks up Rotterdam trio, including The Cloud in Her Room.
By Liz Shackleton

Directed by Zheng Lu Xinyuan, The Cloud in Her Room tells the story of a woman who returns to her hometown for Chinese New Year and embarks on a relationship with the father of her half-sister’s classmate. Zheng has previously made short films that have screened at Tribeca Film Festival, FIRST International Film Festival, Xining and Shanghai Queer Film Festival.

“I was impressed by Zheng Lu Xinyuan’s strong visual sensibility,” said Rediance CEO Meng Xie. “Her debut feature reflects the Chinese independent film’s spirit and young generation’s daring voice.”

Presented by The Old Avant-Garde Films, The Cloud in Her Room is co-presented by Hangzhou Nostalgia Art Film Studio and produced by Blackfin Production.

Rediance has also picked up international rights to Gao Ming’s Damp Season, which receives its world premiere in IFFR’s Bright Future main programme, and Qu Youjia’s Together Apart, which plays in Bright Future Mid-length.

Damp Season follows a bickering young couple trying to make a living in Shenzhen, who both become involved with other people. Gao is a Shenzhen-based filmmaker whose credits include short film A Song (2007), which screened at Asiatica Film Festival in Rome, and documentary feature, Paigu, selected for several festivals including Hot Docs.

Executive produced by Pema Tseden and Geng Jun, Damp Season is produced by Factory Gate Films and Pokwai Pictures, with Chinese streaming platform iQiyi Pictures as co-producer.

Produced by Notation Film Production, Together Apart follows a woman who finds her deceased father back at home again following his lengthy Chinese funeral. The 52-minute film previously won best short film at FIRST IFF in Xining.

Qu’s debut short Meijing won The Night Award at Signes de Nuit and Best Fiction Film Award at Chongqing Youth Film Festival, among other prizes.

Four previously-acquired Rediance titles will screen in other sections of IFFR, including Pema Tseden’s Balloon and Bas Devos’ Ghost Tropic, both in Limelight, Yosep Anggi Noen’s The Science Of Fictions in Voices and Krabi, 2562, co-directed by Ben Rivers and Anocha Suwichakornpong, in Signatures.


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