Trailer of A First Farewell

2022
Fán Huā Chinese Film Festival at Estate Fiorentina

On July 25th at 9:45pm in the 'Apriti Cinema' programme in the Uffizi arena square, as part of the Estate Fiorentina 2022:

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A First Farewell

第一次的离别 Dì yī cì de líbié

by Wang Lina, 2018, running time 86'.

 

Screenplay: Wang Lina

Cinematography: Li Yong

Editing: Matthieu Laclau

Music: Wenzi

Producer: Qin Xiaoyu, Cai Qingzeng

Starring: Isa Yasan, Kalbinur Rahmati, Musa Yasan, Ugulem Sugur, Yasan Kamisu.

A First Farewell, director Wang Lina's touching debut tells the story of Isa, a child from Xinjiang, forced to be separated from his loved ones. A coming-of-age novel through the initiation to farewell, awarded at the Tokyo and Berlin film festivals.

Wang Lina's first film features a young boy, Isa Yasan, from Xayar County in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Isa is very fond of his mother, who became deaf and dumb after contracting meningitis, and is torn between caring for her, going to school and working in the fields. He is friends with a lively little girl named Kalbinur; they play together and look after a little lamb. Kalbinur's school results in her Uyghur language are good, but her Mandarin grades are bad. Since the national language needs to be studied, his mother wishes to move to the city where her daughter can attend a good school in chinese. However, her father does not agree and the couple argues a lot about the decision. During that same winter, Isa's father decides to send his wife to a nursing home and to leave the village with the rest of the family. Isa is forced to face one separation after another.

Stills of A First Farewell

Wang Lina

Born in the Xingjiang Autonomous Region in 1987, Wang Lina graduated from the University of Communication of China in Beijing. Her debut feature A First Farewell won the Asian Future Award at the 2018 Tokyo Film Festival and the Crystal Bear from the Generation Kplus competition at the 2019 Berlinale.