Winner of the 'Best International Film' award at the
2012 Edinburgh Film Festival, this astonishing debut
feature is an enigmatic portrait of the alienation and
disillusionment widespread amongst young people
in contemporary China. Filmed in elegant long takes,
Here, Then interweaves the lives of a cast of rootless
characters linked by chance encounters, by their
sexual obsessions, and by the loss of a mobile phone.
Mao's thoughtful and alluring film is characterised
by careful pacing, stunning cinematography and a
stand-out central performance from actress Huang
Tang Yijia. Its subtly-developing narrative powerfully
conveys the longing for escape from ordinary life, to
another here, another then.
• Presented in a new high-definition transfer, approved by the director.
• Newly filmed, exclusive interview with director Mao Mao.
• New and improved English subtitle translation.
• Booklet featuring a new essay by film journalist and film festival programmer Harriet Warman.
• World premiere release on DVD.
• Optimal quality dual-layer disc.
Huang Tang Yijia - Yangyang
Li Ziqian - Lily
Wang Yizheng - Xiao Bin
Li Wensi - Xiao Chao
Cai Jiqiu - Xao Bin's mother
Wen Na - Girl A
Xuan Xuan - Girl B
Yan Jianguo – Yangyang's grandfather
Directed by Mao Mao
Screenplay – Mao Mao, Yue Ding
Cinematography – Liu Aiguo
Editors – Feng Zhangshun, Bu Yang, Li Yanyu
Sound design - Zhang Yang
Art director – Liu Chang, Zhai Chenglei
Producers – Chen Zhiheng, Yue Ding
2012 Edinburgh International Film Festival /
Winner: Best Film in the International Feature Competition
2012 Asiatica Film Festival, Rome / Winner: Best Asian Feature Film
"Reminiscent of masters Lou Ye and Jia Zhangke in tone and gorgeous aesthetic" The Skinny
"Mao Mao's deliberative and haunting character study"
"Mao Mao's patient and meticulously structured film... explored here with patience, artistic flair and sure-footed confidence... Evocative and haunting... makes Here, Then so memorable" Film & Festivals