Official Selection

Bye, Bye Comrade

Germany 2017
Duration: 12:42
Directed by: Tianlin Xu
Screenplay: Tianlin Xu
Animation: Katsiaryna Kryzhanouskaya, Di Yang, Feng Li, Daniel Schulze-Niehof
Technique: Stop-Motion
Music: Timon Wawreczko
Production/School: Treibsand Film
Dialogue language: Chinese
Subtitles language: English

Taotao is 10 years old as the esteemed comrade General Kuang passes away. Now, through the declared national mourning, her political correctness is put to the test. We follow the young Tao Tao through her initial loneliness and her subsequent struggle to be with the collective as she finds herself under unbearable pressure when all the children in her classroom start crying over a man they have never met. When eventually Taotao succeeds in acting like, what is considered, a normal pupil, the grown-ups manage to confuse her yet again. The story is based on the childhood experiences of Chinese director Tianlin Xu.


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