A LONG JOURNEY HOME
CHINA - 123 MIN, 2022
A family of three generations lives in a 120-square-meter home. The division of the space articulates five people’s daily lives, and throws them into different worlds. They talked about the past and probed for a future. Yet, a crack keeps growing with a repeated pattern full of happiness and grief.
Wenqian Zhang (b.1992) is an independent filmmaker and visual artist who works in both fiction and documentary. In 2019, she received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During her study, she and her partner, Yue Huang, completed an experimental documentary essay film, A Letter from Huami, which entered the 47th Students Academy Awards semi-finalist in 2020. Her feature documentary debut A Long Journey Home was selected to world premiere at the Visions du Réel 2022 for its Burning Lights Competition and won the Jury Prize. The documentary form is the first visual medium she has touched upon, which has left a deep impact on her ever since. She is drawn to seek the truth of reality recreated by the moving images.
Doker 2023 — Main Competition