A factory worker longing for hope in his impoverished life and trying to liberate himself from his unpromising future. A melancholic tale of modernity and the decay of liberty.
Original Title Yi zhi wu gui de ben ming nian Year of production 2023 Length 20' CountryChina Shooting Format ARRI Alexa Mini Aspect Ratio 3:2 Dialogue Mandarin Director Yi Xiong Producer Zhenyi Li Associate Producer Huihui Lou Line Producer Izy Kung Screenwriter Yi Xiong CinematographerQi Wu Editor Sylvia Cong Production Designer Xiaoxiao Zhu Colorist Qi Wu Sound Design Guozhen Li, Shiwen Zhu 1st Assistant Director Ziye Huang Post Sound Company Fruit Film Studio Music Music Chamberlain Zhang Costume & Makeup Yuanjiao Zhang Cast Ziyun Xiong, Zifeng Lin, Wuyang Zhang, Yu Sun, Deping Gu
Festival selections Locarno Film Festival 2023, Switzerland - World Premiere Orvieto Cinema Fest 2023, Italy Director's Statement A Tortoise's Year Of Fate is a film centered around a despondent steel factory worker trying to find hope in a deprived neighborhood. It explores the universal longing for a sense of belonging, a theme that resonates with me personally. Throughout my life, I've sought this connection in my surroundings, friendships, and family ties. In my film, the protagonist embodies this yearning as a passive character trapped in this journey of finding his place. By immersing him in a factory setting, I aim to delve into his relationships, interactions, and environment through long takes.