July 25th 2022, open air Uffizi Arena, at 9:45pm, "A First Farewell" by Wang Lina

We will be present on 25 July in the 'Apriti Cinema' programme organised in the Uffizi square, as part of the eventsof the Estate Fiorentina 2022, with the Chinese film


Presented in its original edition in Uyghur and Mandarin, the film is subtitled in Italian and English. The screening will be introduced by Paolo Bertolin, film programmer, critic and producer, among the leading experts on Asian cinema.

The debut film by director Wang Lina, set in a rural area of Xinjiang populated by Uighur minorities, is the story of a young boy, Isa Yasan, who will soon have to part from his school and playmate Kalbinur and face further goodbyes. The film has won awards at several Festivals, including Tokyo 2018 and Berlin 2019.

Poster of A First Farewell

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.

Trailer of A First Farewell