Rendezvous

Anaïs takes a journey to the night when she and her sisters had to wrestle with the fate of their beloved family diner, “Rendezvous”. Torn between nostalgia, filial piety, and the harsh reality of financial distress, the three of them must redefine the meaning of home, unearthing deeply rooted tensions along the way.

  • Beryl Liu
    Director
  • Jun Pochun Chen
    Director
  • Beryl Liu
    Writer
  • Aileen Wu
    Writer
  • Cynthia Zhou
    Writer
  • Allen Xu
    Producer
  • Beryl Liu
    Producer
  • Tina Pi
    Producer
  • Yunnan Emma Xu
    Producer
  • Aileen Wu
    Producer
  • Cynthia Zhou
    Producer
  • Aileen Wu
    Key Cast
    "Anais Lin "
  • Cynthia Zhou
    Key Cast
    "Cece Lin "
  • Beryl Liu
    Key Cast
    "Brie Lin "
  • Pavel Yim
    Key Cast
  • Sebrea Song
    Key Cast
  • Tina Pi
    Key Cast
  • Menglei Liu
    Key Cast
  • Guanqing Lin
    Editing
  • Jun Po Chun Chen
    Editing
  • Ernest Ng
    Cinematography
  • Shiun Okada
    Cinematography
  • Jun Po Chun Chen
    Production Design
  • Trista Tseng
    Production Design
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 5, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English, Mandarin Chinese
  • Shooting Format:
    ARRI Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - New York University
Director Biography - Beryl Liu, Jun Pochun Chen

Beryl Liu 刘蓓瑞尔 (Director, Writer, Executive Producer, Brie) is an actor, producer, and filmmaker who began her creative journey behind the scenes in film festivals. She graduated from McGill University with a double major in Drama & Theatre and Political Science where she produced and directed her first narrative short film, Rêverie 11:12 (2019). Beryl has completed her graduate studies at New York University Gallatin with a thesis on the actor-character relationship and is currently an MFA Acting student at the University of Southern California's School of Dramatic Arts. A Chinese-Canadian having lived in Beijing, Vancouver, Paris, and New York, Beryl is passionate about bridging cultures as well as differences through creative mediums of film and theatre. She believes that storytelling can offer profound insight into understanding the human experience to foster more understanding and compassion.

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Director Statement

There's so much to say, but most of the time, I can’t say a word. Sometimes the hardest to speak to, are those the closest to us. I wanted to explore the dynamics of family and how the expression of love can be difficult and complicated. Sometimes, it can be hard to understand the actions of our loved ones. This film is my NYU MA Gallatin thesis film that I had the honor to create during the pandemic. I wanted to not only create a film that explored this theme, but also explore ways of connecting the two mediums I deeply love in the creative process: Theatre and Film. I also wanted to share my love and appreciation for language and Chinese heritage through this film. I am deeply grateful to have received the support of my team and professors to make this project a reality. Any support as we move forward with this project would mean the world to me, and everyone who has been a part of this journey.