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Father (爷爷和父亲)

Deng Wei | 2020 | China | 97 min

Filmmaker Deng Wei’s grandfather Zuogui has been blind since the age of three, living most of his life as a fortune teller and raising many children. Now approaching the final chapter of his life, Zuogui lives a life of bitter discontent toward his son (and Wei’s father) Donggu, a businessman who is set on earning the respect not afforded him as a child. Donggu works as a property developer to provide his family with a good life, but when a job-site accident forces him into financial hardship, it prompts a re-examination of his priorities and values—one that may lead the father and son to finally form a bond of respect, perhaps even love. Set against the vast transformation and economic change within contemporary Chinese society, Wei’s quiet fly-on-the-wall cinematography captures the fraught relationship between his father and grandfather as they negotiate past resentments and an uncertain future.

UK Premiere

Leipzig International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Best Documentary Award – Golden Dove, 2021

DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver, Best Feature Documentary Award, 2021
Asian American International Film Festival, New York, Emerging Director – Documentary Award, 2021
Golden Horse Film Festival, Golden Horse Award [Nominee] Best Documentary, 2020

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