The Third Solar Term

Shortly after The Third Solar Term of the Chinese Calendar (惊蛰 jīngzhé), Qizhe returns home to spend his spring break with his mother. After meeting a man who he originally met online, he begins to lose control of his double life- one which is living true to himself, and the other, which is pretending to be the perfect son.

  • J.C. Song
  • J.C. Song
  • Naixin Liang
  • Fengyi Xing
    Key Cast
    "Qizhe Sun"
  • Zhu Zhu
    Key Cast
    "Li Lin"
  • Le Duo
    Key Cast
    "The Red Hair"
  • Renzhuo Bai
    Key Cast
    "The Sun Glasses"
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  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes 45 seconds
  • Language:
    Mandarin Chinese
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - London Film School
Director Biography - J.C. Song

J.C. Song is a Chinese filmmaker, who currently lives and works in Beijing and Shanghai. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), where he has developed an eclectic style through his practice of diverse video forms. His earlier works explore viewpoints on traditional cultural values and identity. J.C. Song also holds a MA in Filmmaking from London Film School (LFS). From this, he now is a selected director of the 26th Busan International Film Festival and the 15th FIRST International Film Festival Training Camp. His films have been screened at numerous prestigious film festivals internationally.

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Director Statement

Nowadays, as the Chinese middle-class youth benefit from the relatively abundant material wealth and comfortable living standards, the younger generation have become more daring and free-spirited in exploring their identities, which sometimes conflict with the ideologies the older generations believe in. For the younger generation, being true to themselves in the troublesome world of contemporary identity politics is challenging, particularly in the space of family, where they confront the expectations of their less forward thinking parents. Against such a social backdrop, Qizhe, the protagonist of my film, is thrown into the turmoil of desire and lies as he comes of age with his homosexuality. Despite his efforts to maintain "peace" under a fragile familial roof, Qizhe needs to choose between his own happiness and that of his mother's, thereby facing his "fated growth".