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Singing Ears in Spring

The short film is adapted from four poems by poet Zhao Hanqing, in which he attempts to show the spiritual suffering of people living in modern cities. People are ponished into tools in collaborative relationships of high effeciency. The poineer of the Age of Enlightenment hoped to construct a completely rational world, later people lost their humanity in the process of pursuing rationality in result. Cheap pleasure, drag them into the darkness.

  • Hanqing Zhao
  • Hanqing Zhao
  • Hanqing Zhao
  • Dehan Liu
  • Haochen Wang
    Key Cast
  • Kun Shi
    Key Cast
  • Mingjun Li
    Key Cast
  • Yilan Hu
    Key Cast
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  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 28, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
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  • Language:
    Chinese, English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 35mm, SLog-3, SONY FX9
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Director Biography - Hanqing Zhao

Hanqing Zhao was born in 1991, in Nanjing, the provincial capital of Jiangsu. He is a lecturer and a poet who mainly teaches film in Communication University of China, Nanjing. He won the Nanjing Literature Prize, Jiangsu Top Ten Young Poets Award and Youth Literature Prize. His works were selected in the 2021 Annual Poetry Selection of the Poetry Society of China, and he was selected in the 2022 UNESCO "City of Literature" Nanjing International Literary resident program. He curated the Cultural and Creative Platform of the National Demonstration Base of Mass Innovation and Innovation of Nantah University, the China Imperial Examination Museum, and the Poetry Image exhibition of Keyi Art Museum. In 2021, he wrote and directed the poetry film Singing Ears in Spring, which was selected for the Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Germany, the International Poetry Film Festival in the United States, etc. During his writing career, his works have been published in Poetry Magazine, Yangtze Jiang Poetry Journal, Poetry Monthly, Fleur,Chinese and Western Poetry, Shanghai Poet, Yu Hua, Masterpieces of Famous writers, etc.

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Director Statement

The art of cinema should not be restricted by the model of the theater release and the traditional length of time. At the meantime, poetry should not be restricted by the traditional literature routine. Exploring how to combine the creation of poetry with film is a significant and challenging task for contemporary artists. That's why we tried to create poetry film. Perhaps for the poets of the future, the camera will be their pen.