Feature Film (Drama)
a film by Oliver Yan (China)
Everyone sees Mr Zhou’s pending move to a nursing home as an opportunity to get rich.
Mr. Zhou, hoping to upgrade to a VIP membership in the nursing home, wants to arrange a fake marriage with Mrs. Dong in order to to acquire more money out of the compensation.
Mrs. Dong, fearing karma, has her doubts about it.
Mr Zhou’s son, Zhou Ping, sees the relocation as an opportunity to buy a school estate for his daughter.
Mrs. Dong's nanny, Yun, is suddenly informed that her brother has been hit by a car and needs of 100,000 RMB to pay for the operation. When she learns about Mr. Zhou's plan for the "fake marriage", she offers to help him out but asks for 100,000 RMB in advance.
When Zhou Ping’s wife learns of her father-in-law's intent to marrying Mrs. Dong, she steals his household register. As a result, when Mr. Zhou looks for his bank book to write the check for 100,000 to Yun he finds that his household register (in which the bankbook is tucked) is gone.
Oliver Yan was born and raised up in Shanghai. He graduated from his first university in 2002 which studied physics. He made his first short film R that is no dialogue in 2008, screening in Cannes Film Festival short film corner and won Best Foreign Short Film in Washougal international Film Festival that year. In 2011, He wrote, directed, shot, edited and produced his first experimental feature Flipping won Best Foreign Feature and Best Screenplay (nominated) in 2012 Madrid International Film Festival. Oliver’s third short film The Help (15mins)which he wrote, directed and produced won the Award for Best Director in World Film Awards and Best Screenplay in Los Angeles New Wave International Film Festival. and got couples of nominees including Best Foreign Short Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress in many international film festivals like as European Independent Film Festival, World Art Film Festival 2014. His new movie HOME AWAY has won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematographer, Best Lead Actor, Best Editor in NYC Indie Film Awards 2017. Won Best Original Screenplay and nominated as Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematographer, Best Lead Actor, Best Supporting Actress in 2017 New York City International Film Festival. Won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematographer, Best Lead Actor, Best Supporting Actor in Los Angeles Film Awards 2017. Won Best Original Screenplay for Foreign Language Film in 2017 May International Filmmaker festival of World Cinema Nice. Nominated as Best Director in Foreign Language Film, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Actress in a Foreign Language Film in 2017 July Madrid International Film Festival. On May 2019, Oliver Yan won Best Director in Florence Film Awards.
China’s economy sky-rocketed during the 15 years between 2002 and 2016, bringing about sea changes in the country. Since 2002, China’s GDP kept an annual growth rate over 8% for a whole decade owing to the real estate industry for the most part.
The government ceased housing allocation in 1999 and, instead, encouraged private ownership and, consequently, people’s urgent demand for housing which had been looming for 3 years was uncared. But on the other hand, given the absence of housing security system, rapid urbanization, coupled with the government’s restriction on land supply, led to a morbid supply-and-demand that stoked up land prices, which, in turn, caused housing prices to rise dramatically and fueled GDP growth. In the face of commodity economy, many Chinese people gave themselves up to the pursuit of economic interests which, sadly, sowed distrust among them and indifference in families and came to be the imperative priority in terms of providing for the aged, education and marriage. Furthermore, the non-religious tradition together with the deteriorating moral standards in China began to gnaw at family ties, leaving the old alone and uncared-for.
As a filmmaker, I believe that film is about stories and is an instrument for story-telling and raising questions by means of which more people may start to think about what human value means, especially in the background of today’s Chinese society. We need to assume responsibility for everything , draw inspiration from everything that happens around us and learn about and recognize our problems. Aside from being an instrument, film art is, more importantly, a medium for awakening the mind.