85'| 16 mm | Hong Kong & Germany | 2020
Trance Films, THY Lab
'Wood and Water'
As she enters retirement, a mother timidly lets go of memories of a once perfect family
life and takes a daring leap forward to an unknown world that has taken hostage of
her estranged son.
The film’s idea is loosely based on the biblical story of the prodigal son, told from the perspective of the mother and guided by her memories of the past and the love that every parent feels for their children. My own mother plays the main character and I, like so many young people, have left her at the earliest opportunity, doing my own thing out in the world, without ever fully appreciating how much she must miss me. I want to give her a warm hug with this film, which to me is a portrait of loneliness (our loneliness and that inflicted on others), longing and the consequences of distance. Distance, especially, seems to become trivial in our overly globalized world but is still a very real, physical and often painful reality for many people and thus I believe this film will mirror many human relationships. I nestled the mother-son story within the temporalities of rural versus city living, a theme that is always present in my work and that is here expanded with the cultural and spiritual differences between East and West. With the pace and meditative qualities of the images and sound design, I want the audience to experience entering a new world at the same pace as the mother. As much as an embrace, the film is also a long deep inhale. The echos of the past slowly fade away and make way for her to take root in the present. A journey from worry to peace of mind. From watching the world from behind the window, to taking a leap out and into the autumn of her life.