“A TOUCH OF SPRING is a drama about new beginnings touching upon issues such as culture, gender and family. Director He Xiaodan’s down-to-earth approach to the subject make her story quite relatable and touching, which is, to no small amount, also because of the great performances of her cast.” – Asian Movie Pulse
Li Fang is a Chinese immigrant who has been living in Montreal for over 10 years. Her infertility and her violent separation from her Québécois husband, Eric, have pushed her to the brink of despair. Escaping the chaos in Montreal, Li Fang visits her grandfather in Dazu, her birthplace in south China. The support and inspiration provided by her family and an old lover helps her break the impasse in her life.
She is a Chinese-Canadian filmmaker, has studied film production at the Beijing Film Academy from 1993 to 1997. Being from a Chinese ethnic minority, Naxi, she worked for the Yunnan Minority Film Studio as an assistant producer and then as an assistant director. Xiaodan first directed THE DANCE OF THE STAR in 2002, which is a story about the loss of the Naxi culture in China. In the same year, she moved to Montréal, Canada, and has continued her work as a filmmaker. In 2005, her short film on the life of the immigrants, CAIRO CALLING, has received a resounding success, with screenings in over 50 festivals around the world and two audience awards. In 2009, Xiaodan finished her documentary, THE FALL OF WOMENLAND. Coming from the same ethnic background as the Mosuo, Xiaodan went back again to the region to find out the truth behind the controversial sexual custom that once made her feel ashamed of her roots as a youngster.A TOUCH OF SPRING is her latest feature fiction.
Yan Wen-si, Émile Proulx Cloutier, Zhao Xuan, Yan Cheng, Cui Ke-fa