Brief History of a Family
Fall Grants 2022 - Post-Production Stage
An incident on the playground brings two high school boys who are worlds apart together—the outgoing and candid Wei, and the quiet yet observant Shuo. As their friendship evolves, Wei introduces Shuo to his father, a cell biologist, and his mother, a former flight attendant. Learning that Shuo comes from a broken home, the family welcomes this underprivileged kid with enigmatic charm. Slowly integrating himself into Wei’s family life, Shuo soon discovers that their middle-class existence is shadowed by unspoken secrets, unmet expectations, and untended emotions. An incident further complicates their lives in unexpected ways.
- Jianjie Lin
- Jianjie Lin
- Ying Lou, Yiwen Wang, Yue Zheng
- Production Company
- First Light Films
About the Director
After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in bioinformatics, Jianjie Lin’s passion for deciphering human existence led him to filmmaking. He received his MFA degree from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. His short films, ‘A Visit’ (2015), a satire about corruption and vanity, and ‘Gu’ (2017), about a family’s last reunion at court, were screened at many international film festivals. His latest short film, ‘Hippopotami’ (in post-production), looks at the harshness and absurdity of life through the eyes of a little girl. ‘Brief History of a Family’, his debut feature film, won a co-production award at TorinoFilmLab in 2018. It is supported by CNC Aides aux Cinémas du Monde, Région Île-de-France, the Danish Film Institute and Doha Film Institute.