THE DAY BEFORE CHINESE NEW YEAR

The day before Chinese New Year, Mr. Monkey chopped the wood, lit-up the fire, cooked the food as if nothing was gonna happen; Eventually, nothing ever happened.

  • Lam Can-zhao
    Director
  • Lam Can-zhao
    Producer
  • Mr. Monkey
    Key Cast
  • Lam Can-zhao
    Writer
  • Lam Can-zhao
    Cinematography
  • Lam Can-zhao
    Film editing
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    除夕
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    22 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    10 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    China
  • Country of Filming:
    China
  • Language:
    Chinese
  • Shooting Format:
    iPhone(1080p)
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Guangdong Literary & Art Vocational College
  • 48th Les Rencontres d'Arles:The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film

    France
    June 23, 2017
  • 8th Salón Internacional de la Luz
    Bogotá
    Colombia
    May 15, 2017
    Best Cinematography(Short Documentary Film)
  • 17th International Film Festival of Lebu

    Chile
    February 1, 2017
    Special Mention
  • 2016 Chinese Visual Arts Film Festival

    China
    December 17, 2016
    Best Documentary
  • 2017 FESTIVAL DE CINE DE ITUZAINGÓ

    Argentina
    September 6, 2017
    Special Mention
  • 2017 Los Angeles Chinese Film Festival
    LA
    United States
    November 16, 2017
    Best Short Documentary
  • 20th Thai Short Film and Video Festival
    Bangkok
    August 22, 2016
  • 4th Hanoi International Film Festival

    November 3, 2016
  • 2016 Festival Internacional de Cine Silente México

    November 12, 2016
  • 2016 Muestra de Cine Documental Central-Doc

    November 24, 2016
  • 2016 IUPUI's Short Film Festival

    November 12, 2016
  • 2016 Amphibia Youth Film Festival

    China
  • 19th Independent Days International Film festival

    Germany
    April 5, 2017
  • 2017 Festival Internazionale del cinema documentario "Marcellino De Baggis"
    Taranto
    Italy
    May 4, 2017
  • 17th Human Rights Nights Film Festival in Bologna
    Bologna
    Italy
    May 13, 2017
  • 2017 Festival Internacional de Cine de la Patagonia tierra

    Argentina
    September 20, 2017
  • 2017 FESTIVAL BRASIL DE CINEMA INTERNACIONAL

    Brazil
    September 22, 2017
  • 2017 Barcelona Asia Film Festival
    Barcelona
    Spain
    November 10, 2017
  • 6th Finisterra Arrábida Film Art & Tourism Festival

    Portugal
    May 10, 2017
  • 13th Chinese American Film Festival
    LA
    United States
  • 14th The Global Chinese Universities Student Film and TV Festival
    Hongkong
    October 27, 2017
  • 15th Filmfest Eberswalde

    Germany
    October 11, 2018
  • 2018 FerFilm Festival

    Kosovo
    September 5, 2018
  • 20th Madurai International Documentary and Short Film Festival

    India
    December 10, 2018
  • 12th International Festival of Youth and Family Film

    Russian Federation
    December 7, 2018
    Best Art Exploration
  • Life Safety International Film Festival

    Kosovo
    January 2, 2019
  • SOTAMBE International Film and Arts Festival (SOTAMBE IFAF)

    Zambia
    September 21, 2019
  • Teoswa International Film Art Festival

    February 13, 2019
  • New Wave Film Festival

    Hong Kong
    August 31, 2019
  • Mozi Motion

    Netherlands
    October 2, 2019
  • International 2 Sides Short Film Festival

    Turkey
    October 10, 2020
  • HECare Film Festival (Human-Environment Care Film Festival HECFF)

    Canada
    September 10, 2021
Director Biography - Lam Can-zhao

Lam Can-zhao, a Chinese filmmaker born in 1994, made his directorial debut at the age of 20 with "THE DOG," a low-budget feature film that brought him into the spotlight. In 2023, he produced, wrote, and edited the short film "A Bright Sunny Day," which was selected for LA CINEF at the 76th Cannes Film Festival.

So far, his films have been invited to exhibit over 200 festivals worldwide, including Los Angeles Asian Pacific FF, Jeonju IFF, Shanghai IFF, Beijing IFF, Bogota IFF, Durban IFF, Les Rencontres d'Arles, DocAviv, AmDocs, DokuFest, Kerala, Taipei Golden Horse FF and many others.

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Director Statement

Everyone lives as if no one "knew."

This is a pure documentary, which records the destiny of nobody in big era.