A Dog Barking at the Moon
New York Premiere
Dir. Lisa Zi Xiang, China & Spain, 2019, 107 mins
While visiting her broken family with her American husband, pregnant writer Huang Xiaoyu finds herself trapped between her cult-brainwashed mother and her secretly homosexual father. An epic Chinese family saga that unfolds over—and weaves together—multiple periods of time, Lisa Zi Xiang’s directorial debut is a masterful tale of secrets, infidelity, and the enormous weight of societal norms.
Combining hyperrealistic cinematography with highly self-aware sequences, A DOG BARKING AT THE MOON takes the best parts of FAR FROM HEAVEN and IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE and forms something brand new from them. A beautiful and meticulous look at religion, queerness, and shame, Lisa Zi Xiang’s film won the Jury Prize at this year’s Berlinale and solidifies her as a major talent to watch.
Writer: Lisa Zi Xiang
Cast: Naren Hua, Nan Ji, Wu Reyuan, Thomas Fiquet
Dir. Moxie Peng, China, 2018, 12 min
When Little Jia is asked to read his essay about how he spent Women’s Day with his mom out loud in class, he has to hide the painful truth that only his friend Dong knows.