Interview with Filmmaker Zhang Xinwen (NEW YEARS EVE DINNER)

NEW YEARS EVE DINNER played to rave reviews at the July 2020 Female Directors Festival.

What motivated you to make this film?

:逢年过节人类对于动物的肆无忌惮的杀戮用于庆祝,根本不会顾及动物的想法和感受,人类不会一直是地球的主人,如果用人类对待动物的方法,让动物对待人类一次,看看会是什么样子。

Humans always kill animals for celebrations in customs without considering what they think and feel. However, humans can’t always be the host of the world, let’s imagine what if our roles swapped and the animals could use the same way to treat with humans?

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

这个想法是我一直想拍的,拍摄实际上在一个要拆的老家具工厂拍摄的,只能在一天内拍完,我们拍了27个小时。

This is the idea that I always want to film, in fact we took place in an old furniture shop where was about to dismantle, it could only offer us one day to film and we made it 27 hours finally.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

反思与觉醒

Reflect and be conscious

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

时间太短,很害怕拍不完。

Time is very limited that I was worried I couldn’t complete the filming

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

我很感动

I was touched

6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

我觉得人类对动物的态度很糟。

I think the attitudes of humans to treat with the animals are really terrible

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

海上钢琴师

The legend of 1900

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

挺好的

Good??

9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

国歌

National anthem

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