Girls Always Happy


YANG Mingming | 杨明明

China | 117 minutes | 2018 | Fiction | Mandarin Chinese | English and Chinese Subtitles| PG
中国 | 117 分钟 | 2018 | 虚构 | 普通话 | 中英文字幕| PG
Canadian Premiere 加拿大首映

42nd Hong Kong International Film Festival – Golden Firebird Award, FIPRESCI Prize
第42届香港国际电影节 新秀电影竞赛 – 火鸟大奖、 国际影评人联盟奖

7:30 – 10:15 PM, SAT, AUG 11
Isabel Bader Theatre
Screening + Panel Talk

Girls Always Happy portrays a single mother living with her daughter in a Beijing hutong. Looking at the contemporary urban life with a novel perspective, Girls Always Happy represents the spectacle of mutual repulsion, hatred, and harm between a single mother and her daughter, and yet from their despair rises the power of tender love. The complexity indicates the unique observation and expression of the director YANG Mingming on female relationships.


Director 导演

Yang Mingming 杨明明YANG Mingming was born in 1987 and graduated from National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts. She directed, photographed, and starred in her short debut Female Directors, which showed her capacity to adopt subversive creative concept and photography skills, as well as her success to seamlessly suture hyper-real performance with the fictional plot. Female Directors marked the new creativity of young directors. It was one of the top ten Chinese independent films in 2012, and showcased in youth film festivals both home and aboard. In 2015, she edited YANG Chao’s feature film Crosscurrent, which won the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution. Girls Always Happy is the first artistic feature written, directed and performed by YANG Mingming, with YANG Chao the executive producer, and YANG Jing the producer. It was selected in the Panorama of 68th Berlin Film Festival.


Credits 演职员名单

  • Director 导演:YANG Mingming 杨明明
  • Principal Cast 主演:NAI An 耐安、YANG Mingming 杨明明
  • Producer 制片人:YANG Jing 杨竞
  • Screenplay 编剧:YANG Mingming 杨明明
  • Cinematographer 摄影:SHEN Xiaomin 沈晓闽
  • Editor 剪辑:YANG Mingming 杨明明

Co-Presented by

Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

The Made by Women programme is funded by the Government of Ontario.

the Government of Ontario
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