A TOUCH OF SPRING
Directed by Xiaodan He
Li Fang is a Chinese immigrant who has found new roots in Quebec with her husband, Eric. But when an incident of infertility and violence with Eric happens, Li Fang’s life is thrown into tumult. She decides to flee Quebec and return to Dazu, the small Chinese town she was born in. A nostalgic journey through her past unfurls as Li Fang visits her grandfather and encounters left-behind family, friends, and an old flame who help her to overcome her despair and rekindle her sense of self.
A TOUCH OF SPRING is a beautifully composed, dreamy art film with a keen eye for the vistas of China, juxtaposing the mundanity of Li Fang’s Montreal and the vibrance of Dazu. The naturalistic performances and raw emotion make this film feel just like coming home.
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Xiaodan He is a Chinese-Canadian filmmaker who studied film production at the Beijing Film Academy. Part of the Naxi, a Chinese ethnic minority, He worked for the Yunnan Minority Film Studio as an assistant producer and then as an assistant director. In 2002, He directed her first film THE DANCE OF THE STAR, which is a story about the loss of the Naxi culture in China. In 2005, her short film on the life of immigrants, CAIRO CALLING, screened at over 50 festivals around the world, winning two audience awards. In 2009, Xiaodan finished her documentary THE FALL OF WOMENLAND. He’s latest fiction feature A TOUCH OF SPRING and her documentary A JOURNEY WITH MY FATHER are both in post-production. She is also writing her next screenplay, MONTRÉAL, MA BELLE.