A First Farewell


WANG Lina | 王丽娜

China | 86 minutes | 2018 | Fiction | Uyghur, Mandarin | English and Chinese Subtitles | PG
Toronto Premiere 多伦多首映

2018 Tokyo International Film Festival – Asian Future Best Film
2019 Berlin International Film Festival – The Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the Best Film
2019 Hong Kong International Film Festival – Firebird Award of Young Cinema Competition (Chinese Language)
2019 Chinesische Film Festival in Deutschland – Best Film


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第四届德国中国电影节 – 最佳影片

SUN, AUG 11, 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Innis Town Hall

Deep in northwestern China, surrounded by cotton fields and desert, lies the Uyghur village that Isa calls home. When he is not at school or working on his parents‘ farmyard, he spends carefree days with his friends – until the outside world starts forcing him to say one goodbye after another. With Isa’s mother‘s illness placing an increasing burden on the family, his father considers putting her in a care home, far away from the village. Isa‘s best friend Kalbinur is getting bad grades, and is about to be sent to a faraway Chinese school. And then the little lamb, which the two children had been looking after with devotion ever since it was born, disappears. Captured in naturalistic imagery, winter closes in on Isa‘s world.


Director 导演

WANG Lina was born in the Uighur region in Xinjiang in 1987 and studied at the Communication University of China. A First Farewell is her debut film and a poetic piece dedicated to her hometown.

After 6 months of field research and a year of documenting, she and her crew spent two years stationed in Shaya, Xinjiang shooting the film. The film is a perfect combination of reality, poetry and story.



Credits 演职员名单

  • Director 导演:WANG Lina 王丽娜
  • Principal Cast 主演:艾萨·亚森、凯丽比努尔·热合米图力、艾力乃孜·热合米图力
  • Producer 制片人:QIN Xiaoyu 秦晓宇、CAI Qingzeng 蔡庆增
  • Screenplay 编剧:WANG Lina 王丽娜
  • Cinematographer 摄影:LI Yong 李勇
  • Editor 剪辑:MA Xiu 马修
  • Sound 音效:LI Danfeng 李丹枫
  • Music 音乐:WEN Zi 文子
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