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Original title: 从来

Directed by: Demin CHEN

Produced by: Hansen LIN (Spring Sunlight Picture LLC, China)

Country of production: China, U.S.A

Runtime: 90'

Expected release: January, 2025

Production stage: Late Production

Budget: €234193.52 (51% in place)

1st feature: No

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“ALWAYS” foucs on an exceptionally talented child, Youbin Gong, tracking his profound psychological evolution through poetry as he transitions from childhood to adolescence. This film explores the society of children, highlighting their unique ways of expressing themselves within an imaginative world and their gradual loss of innocence as they begin to confront the more realistic adult world.

Director’s profile:

Demin Chen, an independent director and photographer currently based in Beijing. He studied at the Li Xianting Film School. His first feature documentary film “SONG OF SHIRATORI”, which was selected into the 43rd NAFA Nordic Ethnographic Documentary Film Festival and won the Silver Award at the 4th Chinese Ethnographic Documentary Exhibition and the Best Newcomer Award at the Chinese Documentary Academy Awards. Among them, Deming had 18mins short drama “Night Tour” was selected for the 13th FIRST Youth Film Exhibition.

Producer’s profile:

Hansen Lin, born and raised in China, working in China and United States as independent documentary director/producer. He graduated with a master’s degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York, majored in social documentary. His directorial and production project ‘Mountain’s Heart’ (in post-production) won the Special Mention Award in the CCDF-12 IFG project and was featured in the Top 20 ‘China Story’ of the pitching forum held by the Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival.His collaborative works have been published on platforms such as HBO, Amazon Prime, Tencent, and BOSS Zhipin, and have been shortlisted for multiple international film festivals including Sundance, SXSW, and Hotdocs.