Better Days

Better Days 16+
2019
China, Hong Kong
Drama 
135 min
Chinese with Russian subtitles
Russian premiere
Aspiring to enter the national top-most school as a way out of poverty, straight-A student Chen Nian finds herself entangled in a deadly accident involving her classmate and subsequent excruciation. In her darkest hours, Nian finds an unlikely ally in orphaned street youth Bei, and the two damaged souls form a unique bond. But as they graduate into the more complicated adult world, the innocent promise they once made to each other may no longer suffice to lead them out of the dark.
2019, Hong Kong, 135 min., color, language – Mandarin, English

Director Derek Kwok-cheungTsang
Scriptwriters Lam Wing Sum, Li Yuan, Xu Yimeng
DoP Yu Jing Pin
Production Design Liang Honghu
Editing Zhang Yibo
Music Varqa Buehrer
Cast: Zhou Dongyu, Jackson Yee, Yin Fang, Huang Jue, Wu Yue, Zhou Ye
Producer Jojo Yuet-chun Hui
Production Goodfellas Pictures Limited, Fat Kids Production
World Sales We Distribution Limited

Prizes:
Hong Kong Film Awards in Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress, Best New Performer, Best Cinematography, Best Original song and Best Costume & Makeup Design categories
Hong Kong Directors Guild Awards in Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress categories
Hong Kong Scriptwriters Guild Award for Best Screenplay
Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards in Film of Merit and Best Director categories
China Film Critics Association Awards in Actress of the Year, New Performed of the Year ad Top Ten Films categories
Best Film (audience), Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor (audience), Faro Island IFF
Actress in Focus and Best Actress prize, Macao IFF & Awards
Audience Award, Osaka Asian FF
Shanghai Film Critics Award in Top Ten Films and Best New Actor categories

DEREK KWOK-CHEUNG TSANG
Director, actor. Born in 1979 in Hong Kong. Graduated from University of Toronto. Began his cinematic carrier as an actor in Hong Kong and played about 50 roles. In 2010 went on directing his own films. “Lover’s Discourse” (co-directed with Jimmy Wan) won Grand Prix at Osaka Asian Film Festival. Tsang’s debut as sole director, “Soul Mate” (2016) was critically acclaimed and earned him the Best Director Award at 2017 Hong Kong Film Directors’ Guild and Best Director nomination at 53rd Golden Horse Awards. “Sole Mate” gained over seventy awards and noms in total. “Better Days” is the Derek Tsang’s second pic.

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