Cocoon

A mute girl travels to seek her own death for the salvation of her mother.

  • Bai Ruixuan
    Director
    The great wall, Pacific rim2
  • Bai Ruixuan
    Writer
  • Sacha Ghalili
    Writer
  • Chun Myounghwan
    Producer
  • Zi Han
    Key Cast
  • Ekaterina Berdysheva
    Key Cast
  • Konno Hallelujah
    Key Cast
  • Chen Xiao
    Key Cast
  • Jeffery Weil
    Director of Photography
  • Varqa Buehrer
    Composer
  • Huang Xun
    Sound design/mixer
    Her
  • Bai Ruixuan
    Editor
  • Chun Myounghwan
    Editor
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    茧蛹
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    mystery, drama
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    China
  • Country of Filming:
    China
  • Language:
    Chinese, English, Japanese
  • Shooting Format:
    4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.85:1
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Raindance film festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    September 22, 2019
    World premiere
    Official selection
  • International Road Movie Festival
    Pilsen
    Czech Republic
    October 13, 2019
    Czech Premiere
    Best short film
  • Hiroshima International Film Festival
    Hiroshima
    Japan
    November 23, 2019
    Japan Premiere
    nominated for Judge's Special Award
  • New Renaissance Film Festival
    Amsterdam
    Netherlands
    February 29, 2020
    Dutch Premiere
    Best Experimental Film
  • Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival
    Tokyo
    Japan
    July 22, 2020
    Japan Premiere
    Official selection
Director Biography - Bai Ruixuan

Bai Ruixuan has written, directed and produced many short films, music videos and commercials, such as Cocoon, Acousma, Orbit, Grind and etc.

He also worked as an Assistant Director on major Hollywood productions and Independent films, such as The Great Wall, Pacific Rims, and Wished.

Through his professional filming career, he has been working with legendary filmmakers such as Zhang Yimou (Director of Hero)
P.J Voeten (Producer of Mad Max: Fury Road)
Kwame Parker (Producer of Green Book)
E. Bennett Walsh (Producer of Kill Bill)
Dan Mindel (Cinematographer of Star Wars)
Thierry Arbogast. (Cinematographer of Léon: The Professional)
Stuart Dryburgh (Cinematographer of The Piano)

He splits his time working and living in China, Australia, and The U.S

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Director Statement

I have always been attracted to Poetic Cinema, especially films by Andrei Tarkovsky. In Sculpting in Time, he wrote: ‘The solution lies in balancing these two lines of development: the inner spiritual and the outer material. This is the message in ’Stalk’ and ‘Solaris’ …and perhaps in all my films: this attempt to balance out spiritual and material needs.’ — Which is the core of Cocoon.

It’s a story about revenge, sacrifice and redemption, with a surreal twist. It’s about ordinary people with broken hearts try to reconcile with their loved ones. People who embrace the darkness path of inevitable death and seek for illumination and spiritual transformation after it.

A genuine story touches people and triggers their most private memories and emotions. Through Cocoon, I hope audience can embrace their life struggles and find inner peace in their own quest for existential contemplation. Cocoon hopes to provide and share a private, spiritual journey with anyone who longs for an intimate, immersive and cinematic experience.