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After the failure of Wechat business, Mei Li started business on Hitch ride service to chat with various passengers. She seemed to want to catch something, but failed again and again...

  • Diana Lu
    《Summer time with my mother》
  • Diana Lu
  • Pema Tseden
  • Hsiao-ming Hsu
    ”Dust of Angels
  • Dujuan Chen
    Key Cast
    "Mei Li"
  • Qichen Liu
    Key Cast
    "Cheng Yuan"
  • Qi Jiang
    Key Cast
    "Mei Li"
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    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 30, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - School of Film Art, China Academy of Art
Director Biography - Diana Lu

Diana Lu major in Directing Department of School of Film Art,China Academy of Art ,under the tutelage of Pema Tseden and HSU HSIAO-MING. Her short film "Summer time with my mother" won the "Best Film" in the short Film competition section of the 7th Malatya International Film Festival and was shortlisted in more than ten international film festivals, including the 17th Tiburon International Film Festival and the 8th Middle East Women Film Festival. The screenplay and editing work "Infinity" won the Grand Jury Prize of 5th Gagarin International Film Festival and was shortlisted in many international film festivals, including the 17th International Human Rights Film Festival and the 4th Lantner International Animation Film Festival. Participated in the production of "Love Education", "The Innocent" and many other theatrical films.

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Director Statement

The core starting point of this film is a creative attempt at perspective.I try to return to a kind of fresh eyes from the perspective of a child.In this way, it re-examines the emotional relationship under the anxiety of survival, and captures the strong atmosphere of the "falling middle class" in current China.

As the economy turns rapidly, from the fabled riches to the industrial thunderstorms, I met more "middle class falling" ride-hailing drivers. All kinds of Wechat business pyramid selling scandal strings into the story in a model of chain reaction: the leader of the group constantly made a dream of wealth to entice the followers into the game, and the followers can only turn into the perpetrator, continue to set the trap for lower-level followers to unhook. As the pace quickened, everybody fought harder and harder to find the next target to avoid being the fall guy.

Mei Li is the "new bottom" among them, lured by the harvest, and she continues the dangerous hunt in this tiny car. She pushed hard at life, hungry for change.But existent of the little child is irreversible, the only thing Mei Li can do is to wipe her bottom bit by bit in broad daylight.As a mother, under the turbulence of life, she seems to unford a bit of toughness and tenderness.She is trapped, she bears and struggles to win a real home for his child with her last self-esteem.

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