A Gentle Night



Directed by Qiu Yang
China/France | 15 minutes | 2017 | Chinese

In a nameless Chinese city, a mother with her daughter missing, refuses to go gentle into this good night.


Director: Qiu Yang
Screenwriter: Qiu Yang
Cinematography: Constanze Schmitt
Editing: Carlo Francisco Manatad
Producer: Qiu Yang, Li Yi, Vincent Wang

  • QIU Yang
    QIU Yang

Festival & Awards

Palme d’Or – Festival de Cannes 2017 – Best Short Film
Toronto International Film Festival – Best International Short Film Honourable Mention
Chicago International Film Festival – Silver Hugo – Best Short Film
Batumi International ArtHouse Film Festival – Best Short Film Award, Jury Prize
Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival – Best Cinematography
Busan International Film Festival
AFI Fest
+ over 50 more

QIU Yang

QIU Yang was born and raised in Changzhou, China. He studied film directing at the Victorian College of the Arts, Australia.

His last short film A GENTLE NIGHT was selected for the 70th Festival de Cannes Short Film Competition in 2017. And in 2015, his short UNDER THE SUN was selected for the 68th Festival de Cannes Cinéfondation competition and is now selected for more than 80 international film festivals, including the AFI Fest, New Directors/New Films, Clermont-Ferrand, Palm Springs and nominated for the 52nd Taipei Golden Horse Award. He has been chosen to participate the Taipei Golden Horse Film Academy, mentored by the legendary film master Hou Hsiao Hsien, as well as the Swatch Art Peace Hotel residency in Shanghai.

He is currently developing his first feature project UNDER THE SUN (same title as the short), which was selected for the CineMart 2016 and Cinéfondation Residence 2017.

2017 A Gentle Night, short
2016 Under the Sun, short