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Lei Lei

寧都
Ningdu

Maomao recalls the struggles of his family amid the Great Leap Forward. When Dad is compelled to work in the countryside, the already sick Mum passes away. As the system refuses Dad to live with his three children, he has to put them in an orphanage. Locked in cages, Maomao and his sisters become little birds. Around them, masses are burning iron and steel. They start gigantic constructions that infuriate the River Dragon. Appears then a carp that turns into a woman and helps the children to regain their human shape and settles with them at home.
One day, Dad is finally back. Harmony and happiness arouse in this new family. But shortly a new revolution starts and destroys the house. The sisters are pushed to fly away. The family is separated again. In the fields, people are burning flags and transforming into little insects on a collective trans. Above, Gods of clouds observe the chaos. Maomao and his new Mum are sent to the countryside. In another village, Dad is asked to confess his political past. They wait for the day to reunite…
Lei Lei

Technical sheet

Countries: Hong Kong, United States, the Netherlands
Genre: Fiction, Documentary
Length : 85’
Project state: Post-production

Budget: 850 000,00 €
Acquired Budget: 70,59%

Production company Hong Kong : Chinese Shadows
Producers : Isabelle Glachant

Production company United States: C-Ray Studio
Producer: Lei Lei

Production company The Netherlands : Submarine
Producer : Bruno Felix

Filmography

Chinese Shadows
– Chinese Portrait / Wang Xiaoshuai / 2018 / 79’
– Bitter Money / Wang Bing / 2016 / 152’
– Three Sisters / Wang Bing / 2012 / 153’
– 11 Flowers / Wang Xiaoshuai / 2012 / 100’

C-Ray Studio
– A Bright Summer Diary / Lei Lei / 2020 / 38’
– Breathless Animals / Lei Lei / 2019 / 68’
– Weekend / Lei Lei / 2018 / 2’23”
– Missing One Player / Lei Lei / 2017 / 4’32”
– Books On Books / Lei Lei / 2016 / 7’14”
– This Is Not A Time To Lie / Lei Lei / 2016 / 3’30”
– Hand Colored No.2 / Lei Lei / 2015 / 5’
– Big Hands Oh Big Hands, Let It Be
– Bigger And Bigger / Lei Lei / 2013 / 6’
– Recycled / Lei Lei / 2013 / 5’40”
– Magic Cube And Pingpong / Lei Lei / 2009 / 4’08”

Director

Lei Lei - China

Filmography

  • A Bright Summer Diary / 2020 / 38’
  • Breathless Animals / 2019 / 68’
  • Weekend / 2018 / 2’23”
  • Missing One Player / 2017 / 4’32”
  • Books On Books / 2016 / 7’14”
  • This Is Not A Time To Lie / 2016 / 3’30”
  • Hand Colored No.2 / 2015 / 5’
  • Big Hands Oh Big Hands, Let It Be Bigger and Bigger / 2013 / 6’
  • Recycled / 2013 / 5’40” 
  • Magic Cube and Pingpong / 2009 / 4’08”

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