Director: Zhang Dalei
Decades ago in north-eastern Asia, where Russian, Chinese, and Koreans lived, Ma was a border smuggler with influence in Kupchno. Many years in prison later, Ma was released in New Year’s Eve to face a new era. Ma started his lonely new life searching for his girlfriend and former lover Karinna. Ma got a job in an auto repair factory where he met Wei, from whom Ma sees himself in similar age. Later, Wei fell into some trouble with Petrov, Ma’s old friend. Ma helped Wei settle his dispute and convinced them go to South China, a warmer place open to a free market.
Growing up in a filmmaker family, Zhang Dalei had developed a keen interest in art since childhood, especially in moving image and music. He went on to study Film and Television at St. Petersburg State University in 2000. After his graduation in 2006, Zhang Dalei came back to China and worked as assistant director for some TV series. In the meantime, he has never stopped creating meaningful short films. In 2016, Zhang Dalei completed his first film The Summer is Gone, which quickly made him one of the most anticipated emerging directors in China.