INTERFILM 37 Internationales Kurzfilmfestival Berlin
16. - 21. November 2021



Between Two Fires

Shengbang Chen / Lijuan Ye // China // 2021 // 03:30 min


Die Zeiten haben sich geändert und die Arbeit eines Karikaturisten ist nicht mehr anerkannt. Als er versucht, seinen Malstil zu ändern, wird er von einem Kaninchenkiller gejagt - der Hauptfigur seines eigenen Comics. China Academy of Arts Hangzhou - Hangzhou

Drei Fragen an die Regie

1.Short Film has a unique way of telling stories and exploring themes. What is it that fascinates you about the short format?

Shengbang Chen: The production process of animation is often complicated, it takes a tremendous amount of time and human resources to complete. Therefore, I decide to make a short film instead. In this short film, I can express my intention and add my personal interest and feeling to it. For those who have a lot want to express, the short film is a great option to go with.

2.The program your film is selected for is called “China: New Talents": What connection do you see between your film and that title?

Shengbang Chen: Animation is an unknown territory that has so much to explore and room to grow. It requires more and more people to continuously put effort into it to push to a higher level. Our work spent a relatively large amount of time reflecting the anxiety of the creator, and I believe Chinese animation creators carry such a heavy duty to lead the entire animation industry in China, the pressure and anxiety that comes with such duty can be frustrated. I hope, through my short film, I can help to reduce this anxiety at some levels and provide a solution that is solely based on my experience.

3.What film has inspried you most to make films yourself and what part of it do you see in your own work?

Shengbang Chen: My favorite animator director is Satoshi Kon. I love his Millennium Actress and Perfect Blue. In his films, there is a great number of parts that combine reality and fiction, his amazing animation language and the illustration of the feelings of unreality moves me. I think some parts of my work are trying to pay tribute to Kon’s films since I am sure that I portray the sense of unreality in my own manner.

Produktion: Han Hui

Regie: Shengbang Chen, Lijuan Ye

Sales Agent: Shengbang Chen

Der Film wird in folgenden Programmen gezeigt


China: New Talents

19.11.21, 18:00h, ACUD Kino

21.11.21, 16:30h, Babylon 2