New Year’s Eve

A Film by Hao Zheng

Synopsis

XIAO YU.
It’s not always easy to come home and face your family on New Year’s Eve, especially
for 19-year- old XIAOYU, who returns to his childhood home in rural Gansu, China with
a medal he won at his kung fu school and mixed feelings about whether to show it to
his mother, JUAN, who has always wanted him to go to a “real” college instead.

During dinner, with his similarly aged cousin outshining him at every turn and the
encouragement from his drunk uncle, Xiaoyu performs a kung fu routine for his family.
When Juan is still unimpressed, Xiaoyu has to find another way to reconcile with his mother before the New Year comes at midnight

Director

  • Picture of Hao Zheng © Hao Zheng

    Hao Zheng

    Hao is a director, writer with experiences in both China and the US. Hao received his BFA Film Production degree at Emerson College and his MFA Directing degree at the American Film Institute Conservatory. With the support of his mentors Kevin Bright (Producer, Friends) and Julian Higgins (Director, House M.D.), Hao has directed many short films, music videos and commercials with international recognition. He is currently in pre-production for a mini-series and working as a director on the Sina Burning Man Project. Other than directing, Hao has also starred in many renowned Chinese TV shows and films such as KANG XI SI FANG (2013) and LEGEND OF DIDAO (2015).

Awards + Festivals

  • 14th SARDINIA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Alghero, Sardinia/Italy)July 3, 2019
  • 4th STILL VOICES SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ballymahon, Co. Longford, Ireland)August 15, 2019
  • 12th GIGI HARBOUR FILM FEST (Official Selection, Gig Harbor, WA, USA)September 26, 2019
  • 5th MINIKINO FILM WEEK (Official Selection, Bali, Indonesia)October 5, 2019

Trailer

Crew

Director
Hao Zheng
Screenplay
Leqi "Vanessa" Kong & Hao Zheng
Producer
Mil Alcain / AFI Conservatory
Director of Photography
Jake Hossfeld
Art Direction
Katelyn Budke
Costume Design
Moon Sun Choi
Sound
Stephen Halbert, Scott Marshall
Editor
Bowei Yue
Sound Design
Jingjue Zhou / This Is Sound Design
Music
Xueran Chen

Cast

Xiaoyu
Qi Sun
Juan
Grace Chang
Yanling
Leann Lei
Dayong
Jizhong “Jamie” Zhang
Qingmei
Zita Bai
Feng
Shuang Cheng Sun
Yang
Huanzhang Zhang
Radio Announcer
Dawei Zhang

Details

Running Time
21:38 minutes
Shooting Format
Digital
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
1.66:1
Sound
5.1

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068

film@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

FILM SCHOOL

AFI - American Film Institute Conservatory
2021 N Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA, USA 90027

Patty West
pwest@afi.com

PRODUCER

Mil Alcain
milraalcain@gmail.com


DIRECTOR

Hao Zheng
yuhaojie.zheng@gmail.com
www.zhengfilm.com


www.zhengfilm.com/newyearseve