Invitation Films from Cannes

When an asteroid hits the Earth leading to underwater volcanic eruptions, the inhabitants of a small riverside town start to flee inland. Before she leaves, Nian decides to say goodbye to her childhood friend. Her memories of the town start to become clearer and clearer in her mind on this journey.

  • Director:Jianying Chen
  • China
  • 2022
  • 15min.
  • color
  • -
  • Chinese
  • JPN & ENG Sub.


Screening Dates, Times, and Venues
* This programme has 4 short films

Bus Terminal

Bus Terminal

* Only if there are vacant seats, tickets are available at the door.

movie trailer
The memories we have of our native land or acquaintances from our past grow within us. We are so familiar with those memories that we invariably take them for granted. But an apocalyptic event or a farewell can help us revisit those memories as they surge from within. What can mankind cling to when changes in nature become unstoppable? What sets us aside from other living creatures on this planet? Subtle hints can stir up emotions and allow us to create or rebuild the past. Perhaps forgotten spaces and a humbled mankind can find a different way to coexist forever.
Jianying Chen

Born in China in 1995, Story CHEN is a writer director with expertise in films, commercials and music videos. She graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts majoring in FILM & TV with a minor in psychology. Her two student short films made at NYU Tisch, A Woman’s Gaze and Marina, received many festival awards. Her own identity as a hybrid of Eastern and Western culture cultivates her keen eye on prevailing themes of humanity, transcending cultural and racial differences. She focuses on depicting the emotional struggles of real life. Her stories also put a spotlight on minorities like Asian women, LGBTQ and children. Currently Story is based in New York and Beijing. She has been selected by Asian Film Academy Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in 2018.

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