WHAT’S IN THE DARKNESS

2015|China|98 min

Director: WANG Yichun
Scriptwriter: WANG Yichun
Cast: SU Xiaotong / LU Qiwei / GUO Xiao / LIU Dan / ZHOU Kui
Producer: LUO Yun / DU Jianhua / Jack LEE
Genre: Drama

BRIEF SYNOPSIS 

In the summer of 1991, a rape case breaks the peace of a small town. The fathers of two girls in the local middle school are the policemen in charge of the case. Nevertheless, they have very different working styles: QU’s father is a stubborn legal medical expert always insisting on ironclad evidence, while ZHANG’s father is a retired soldier who handled cases relying on his intuition and often extorted confessions through torture. The supposed criminal is caught by ZHANG’s father yet similar cases keep happening. Nobody has noticed ZHANG’s disappearance since she was kicked out of class.



Awards & Festivals:

The 9th First International Film Festival Xining Competition, Best Director Award

The 25th Focus on Asia Fukuoka International Film Festival 

The 66th Berlin International Film Festival Generation Competition Section 14Plus

The 8th Beaune International Thriller Film Festival International Competition

The 23rd Titanic Budapest International Film Festival Competition 

The 4th Singapore Chinese Film Festival Chinese Panorama Section

The 63rd Sydney Film Festival

The 19th Shanghai International Film Festival Asian New Talent Competition, nomination of Best Screenplay 

The 19th Shanghai International Film Festival Asian New Talent Competition, nomination of Best Actress

The 15th New York Asian Film Festival Official Selection 

The 65th Melbourne International Film Festival Next Gen Section

The 3rd Xi'an Silk Road International Film Festival 

The 1st Mostra Cinematografica Chinese in Italia Cometition,  Best Director Award

The 60th BFI London Film Festival First Feature Competition

The 39th Mill Valley Film Festival World Cinema Section

The 6th Dharamshala International Film Festival Feature Nattatives Section

The 1st DONG Film Fest Competition

2016 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival Chinese Global Vision Section

The 11th Chinese Young Generation Film Forum, The Annual Cutting-Edge Filmmakers, nomination of Best Scriptwriter

The 11th Chinese Young Generation Film Forum, The Annual Cutting-Edge Filmmakers, nomination of Best Actress

The 11th Chinese Young Generation Film Forum, The Annual Cutting-Edge Filmmakers, nomination of Best Sound Engineer

The 11th Chinese Young Generation Film Forum, The Annual Cutting-Edge Filmmakers, nomination of Best Art Designer

The 10th Asia Pacific Screen Award Competition

2016 Deep Focus Chinese Film Festival in Madrid

The 31st Entrevues Belfort International Film Festival International Competition

2017 Chinese Visual Festival

The 2nd Chinesisches Film Festival in Deutschland

2017 Chai. China-Filmfestival Leipzig

The 5th Silk Road Film Festival Features Section

The 8th China Film Directors Guild Award, Special Jury Prize 

The 8th China Film Directors Guild Award, Nomination of Best Picture

The 8th China Film Directors Guild Award, Nomination of Best Actress

The 8th China Film Directors Guild Award, Nomination of Best New Director

The 8th China Film Directors Guild Award, Nomination of Best Screenplay

The 24th Beijing College Student Film Festival, Best First Feature Award

The 24th Beijing College Student Film Festival, Best New Performer Award 

The 1st China New Force, Best Film Award