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Embers

It originates from a true story of the Wenchuan earthquake. The content is that the wife and husband of an ordinary family were buried under the rubble due to a sudden massive earthquake. The wife Xie Shouju was rescued, but her husband Tang Xiong was trapped and it was unknown if he was dead. However, Xie Shouju firmly believed that her husband was still alive. As such, she sought help from the rescue team to search and rescue her husband unstoppably. However, for results, one and another rescue failures occurred. After waiting for long time, we have not obtained any information about Tang Xiong, which drove Xie Shouju to the brink of mental breakdown...

  • Fu Yong
    Director
  • Fu Yong
    Writer
  • Zhang Yusi
    Writer
  • Zhao Wenzhong
    Producer
  • Zhang Ruige
    Key Cast
    "Xie Shouju"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    余烬
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama
  • Runtime:
    22 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 5, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    China
  • Country of Filming:
    China
  • Language:
    Chinese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital,RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival
    Mumbai
    印度
    Best Cinematography
  • Falcon International Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    Official Nomination
  • ARFF Barcelona International Awards
    Barcelona
    西班牙
    Best Short Film
  • Nice International Film Festival
    Nice
    法国
    Best Cinematography in a Foreign Language Film
  • Cinalfama Lisbon International Film Screenings and Awards
    Lisbon
    葡萄牙
    Official Selection
  • Golden Ger International Film Festival
    Ulaanbaatar
    蒙古
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Fu Yong

Fu Yong, a director and a screenwriter whose native place is Shanghai. Mostly he is engaged in the work of advertisements, short films, and MV shooting. His works have won the 21st IAI International Advertising Awards of Public Welfare, the Award of Excellence in Film and Television and other awards, also has won multiple international film festival awards. He has once been selected for Jackie Chan’s Young Director Program, Hengyu Star Sky New Director and New Film Program, 2017 New Chinese Directors Initiative, and 2018 Jackie Chan’s Film A Program. His main works are: the film and documentary”Peacock”, public welfare short film "My City Dream", micro-film"Because of You""Exorcism", music film "Do You Remember?", short film "Embers", cinema film " Good-For-Nothing Heroes " etc.

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Director Statement

The idea of the story came from a news report about the Wenchuan earthquake. I was deeply moved by the behaviors of Xie Shouju, the wife, who spared no effort to save her husband day and night. We focus the perspective of story on her persistence, her recklessness, her single-mindedness, and her abnormal mental state and psychological reality. In terms of the overall tone of the film, we hope to give it an inescapable sense of fate. We aim to separate the reality and the inner world out by integrating Xie Shouju’s life experience and her mental consciousness, in combination with the current grand theme of the community of shared future for mankind, to show the game between human and natural disasters, the confrontation with near-death, and the irresistible nature of fate, to present the emotional pain and psychological suffering of a woman and a family in the face of the disaster.