CHINA, USA / 15 MIN / 2023 / FICTION / DCP 2K / 1.85:1 / DOLBY 5.1 / COLOR
Subtitles available: English, Chinese, Italian, Spanish
Manting, a Chinese woman in her early 60s, reconnects with the lesbian lover from her adolescence when one of her old classmates passes away. After classmates’ reunion event in a karaoke bar, they end up spending a night together roaming in the city.
Manting, una mujer china de 60 años, se vuelve a encontrar con la amante de su adolescencia cuando uno de sus ex-compañeros de clase fallece. Luego de una reunión en un karaoke, terminan pasando la noche juntas vagando por la ciudad.

Festivals & Awards

Queer Screen’s 31st Mardi Gras Film Festival (Australia, 2024)
Hamburg Queer Film Festival (Germany, 2023)
Grenzland-Filmtage Selb (Germany, 2024)
Sguardi Altrove, International Women’s Film Festival (Italy, 2024)
Ca’ Foscari Short Film Festival (Italy, 2024)
Pink Life QueerFest (Turkey, 2024)


Yijing Zhang, Changmin Zhang

written and directed by

Shuyao Chen

produced by

Yuanxing Hu

1st AD

Joe Chen

cinematography by

Yifan Wen

art director

Zongjian Hou


Zixin Ye

make up

Xuan Zi

editing by

Shikong Chen

sound design

Carol Yan Li

distribution and world sales

Shuyao's Biography

Shuyao Chen was born and raised in Wenzhou, a coastal city in southeast China. She moved to New York in 2018 to pursue a MFA degree at NYU graduate film after she completed her study in photojournalism at Penn State University. Her first short film Winter by the River won Best Actor (Asian International Competition) at Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2022 and Best Short Film at Berlin Film Week 2022, and was selected by HollyShorts Film Festival 2022.