Director: Xiaofan Shi
Three years ago, a girl named Yuanfang Han left home because of her father’s slapping and found a job in a Shanghai bar. Three years later, heartbroken, she returns to her hometown, Baima, and works as a collector at a toll road. But the monotonous life of her hometown contrasts with Yuanfang’s desire for adventure. She begins to miss the good old days of making coffee in the city, until one day, she and her colleague Da Li find an abandoned space capsule by the roadside, and make coffee in the space capsule, dreaming of a better life in a big city far away.
Shi Xiaofan is currently one of China’s top visual artists. He has worked as an exclusive photographer and director of short films for luxury fashion clients such as Vogue, Dior, and Louis Vuitton. He has directed numerous television commercials and personal video art pieces for museums and galleries. His photographic work is in the collection of Beijing UCCA, European House of Photography, and several museums in the United States and France. His first short film, A Parisian Movie, released in 2011, received high praise from audiences. Café By the Highway is his first feature film.