A dog barking at the moon

Berlin International Film FestivaL 2019 Teddy award: Winner
Berlin International Film FestivaL 2019 Best First Feature award: nominee
Berlin International Film FestivaL 2019 Panorama Audience Award: nominee
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2019 FIPRESCI Prize: nominee
Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival 2019 Best Narrative Feature: winner
L.A. Outfest 2019: Special mention
orino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Best Feature Film: Winner

Written and directed by Xiang Zi
Director of Photography José Val Bal
Editing Xiang Zi
Music Juan Escudero
Sound Mix Leo Dolgan
Production Design Zhang Chen
Costumes Lang Shuo
Make-up Yang Mei
Production Manager Guo Yifei
Executive Producer Quiyan ProducerX iang Zi Co-producerJosé Val Bal Co-production Granadian

When the young student Li Jiumei meets her future husband Huang Tao, she is youthful and happy; her daughter Huang Xiaoyu has not yet been born and the secrets of the family are still hidden behind closed doors deep inside the house. Her daughter Huang Xiaoyu is already a young girl when creeping suspicion overcomes Li Jiumei. She kicks down a door behind which she catches her husband with a young man. Huang Xiaoyu is now pregnant and living in the USA; a little while later she returns to pay a visit with her boyfriend. She discovers that, in addition to bitterness and hatred, the teachings of an ominous sect have now also spread throughout the house.
Chinese director Xiang Zi masterfully interweaves the narrative strands of this complex family saga that unfolds simultaneously in different periods. In carefully composed and at times surreal images, a chronicle of reticence gradually unfolds that has much larger dimensions than one might first assume. This is a tale of suppressed desire, the social importance of marriage, and the frostiness that exists between the walls of a wealthy Chinese family home.

Trailer ‘A Dog Barking at the Moon’ (English) from Acorn Studio on Vimeo.

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