Heidi in china
a film by François Yang

Heidi in China

A film by François Yang

  • 2019
  • Switzerland, France
  • 82 minutes
  • VO French-Chinese – FR/DE subtitles

In 1946, my Chinese grandfather entrusted my mother to a Swiss family. But he never came to take her back. Today, my mother, 79, goes back to China to uncover a painful past with her estranged relatives, in order to understand the life she has not lived there. She discovers the sequels of the communist regime, and the painful history she has escaped.

 

Heidi in China

A film by François Yang

  • 2019
  • Switzerland, France
  • 82 minutes
  • VO French-Chinese – FR/DE subtitles

In 1946, my Chinese grandfather entrusted my mother to a Swiss family. But he never came to take her back. Today, my mother, 79, goes back to China to uncover a painful past with her estranged relatives, in order to understand the life she has not lived there. She discovers the sequels of the communist regime, and the painful history she has escaped.

FESTIVALS

World Premiere: Visions du Réel – Compétition Nationale

Festival International de Namur

Cast & Crew

Director
François Yang

Screenplay
François Yang,
in collaboration with Anne Paschetta and Léa Pernollet

1st AD
Nini

Photography
Patrick Tresch

Editing
Flore Guillet

Sound
Marc Thill
François Musy
Renaud Musy

Sound Editing
François Musy
Renaud Musy

Sound mixing
François Musy
Renaud Musy

Original soundtrack
Ben Violet

Color grading
Robin Erard

Production
Box Productions
Elena Tatti
Elodie Brunner
Thierry Spicher

Gloria Films
Maud Huynh

director’s bio

  • François Yang was born in Fribourg in 1978. He graduated as a filmmaker in 2003 from the ECAL, Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne (University of Art and Design). He completed his training at the atelier scénario of the Fémis (Paris).
    Author of several fiction short films and creative documentaries broadcast in festivals (including Visions du réel, Nyon) and on television (Télévision Suisse RTS, France 2, TV5 Monde, RTBF), he completed in 2016 a feature film “L’âme du tigre”, winner of Emergence and released in 2017.