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Opening Night: A Song Sung Blue 小白船 (15*) [UK Premiere] + recorded intro

Queer East Festival 2024

Two women stare into each others eyes

Lonely teenager Xian falls for the extroverted Mingmei in this exhilarating coming-of-age story, with a pre-recorded message from director Geng Zihan.

Harbin, north-east China: after her mother goes abroad for work, 15-year-old Xian is forced to live with her father, a free-spirited photographer whom she has barely seen since her parents' divorce. He’s in a relationship with his assistant, who has an 18-year-old Chinese-Korean daughter called Mingmei. 

A restless summer ensues, as the lonely, shy Xian becomes utterly intoxicated with the extroverted, worldly Mingmei: this will be a summer she will never forget. 

A Song Sung Blue is an exhilarating coming-of-age story, brought to life by vivid cinematography and exceptional performances from young actors Kay Huang and Jing Liang, who perfectly capture the complexities of the girls’ friendship and attraction. A testament to the innocence and impulses of youth, Geng Zihan’s debut signals the arrival of a powerful voice in queer cinema.

About the director 

Geng Zihan was born in Beijing in 1996 and graduated from the Central Academy of Drama. Her short films A Ray of Sunshine and Green Screen were selected by various international festivals and her debut feature, A Song Sung Blue, was one of the Top Five in the 5th CFDG Young Directors Support Program. 

*This film has been Locally Classified

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