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GIFFONI EXPERIENCE 2010 - 18.31 July

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Category: Edition 2010


Maple is a 14-year-old girl living in rural China. Desperately wanting a son, Maple’s family forces her into an arranged marriage with an older man. Quiet and stubborn, Maple soon takes a dangerous path to free herself.



Maple, 14 anni, vive nella Cina rurale. La famiglia desidera disperatamente un figlio maschio. Per avere il bambino devono liberarsi di una delle due figlie femmine. Così combinano per Maple un matrimonio con un anziano. Silenziosa e testarda, Maple medita un pericoloso sistema per liberarsi dall’impegno.


Original Title DAUGHTERS
Category Official Competition
Section Generator +16
Tipology Short Film
Duration 9' 43''
Production Year 2009
Nationality China, USA
Directed by Chloé Zhao
Screenplay Chloé Zhao
Script Chloé Zhao
Director of photography Matthew Mendelson
Editor Perry Blackshear
Music Owen Wang
Main cast Luo Qian (Maple)
Little Plum (Dou Dou)
Produced by Chloé Zhao

daughters regChloé Zhao
Chloé was born in Beijing. At a young age, she moved to England where she first found her interest in filmmaking. She received her BA in Political Science from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and is currently in preproduction for her thesis film LEE at New York University's graduate film program. She is working on two features; one is set on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota and the other in Beijing, China. She directed four short films: POST (2008), THE ATLAS MOUNTAIN (2008), DAUGHTERS (2009), BENACHIN (2010).


Chloé Zhao
Chloé è nata a Pechino. In giovane età, si è trasferita in Inghilterra, dove nasce il suo interesse per il cinema. Laureata in Scienze Politiche al Mount Holyoke College, nel Massachusetts, attualmente studia cinema alla New York University e lavora alla pre-produzione del film di fine corso LEE. Inoltre è impegnata sui progetti di due lungometraggi: uno ambientato nella riserva di Pine Ridge nel Sud Dakota, l'altro a Pechino. Chloé ha diretto quattro cortometraggi: POST (2008), THE ATLAS MOUNTAIN (2008), DAUGHTERS (2009), BENACHIN (2010).


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