Virgin Blue

China Premiere Niu Xiaoyu | 2021 | China | 101min | Fiction
Niu Xiaoyu|Wang Zijian|Zhu Wenhui|Deng Xu|Hu Shuzhen|Lan Zhiqiang|Yuan Yue|Zhang Yang|Rubey|Zheng Shengzhi|Yezi|Chen Anqi|Li Jiacheng


Since grandpa passed away, Yezi’s grandmother has been living alone at home. Her room is full of memories of the past, which have solidified into certain objects, animals, and people, and have their own lives. However, grandma seems to have lost her memory. If a person has lost their memory, time becomes completely meaningless to them. After her college graduation, Yezi returns home to spend her last summer vacation with her grandmother, who has been living alone ever since her grandfather passed away. The house is full of grandma’s memories that have gradually taken on actual forms in real life. Sometimes they appear as a cat, a plant, or as a total stranger, and sometimes they manifest themselves as her grandpa or even Yezi’s childhood self. Meanwhile, her grandma slowly slips into the abyss of amnesia and time begins to lose all meaning. Haunted by relentless memories, Yezi finds herself wandering among fragments of her family history, where she recollects a deserted childhood and revisits her own past. One night, everyone gathers by a flower fish pond for a grand farewell. It seems to be another one of grandma’s dreams. However, instead of waving goodbye to each other, all her loved ones decide to stay together.

截屏2022-06-28 下午5.43.25

Niu Xiaoyu

Niu Xiaoyu was born in Hefei, Anhui Province, and graduated from Beijing Film Academy with a Bachelor’s degree in animation and a Master’s in experimental film. Xiaoyu has independently produced two short films, which have been shortlisted at the 10th China Independent Film Festival, the 26th Festival Cote Court and the 12th FIRST International Film Festival.

Director's statement

I am captivated by the emotions that bind people closely. Even if those with deep bonds do not always stay together till the end, there will always be some forms of interaction in I am captivated by the emotions that bind people together. Even if those with deep bonds do not always stay together till the end, there will always be some form of interaction in one way or another. I believe that deceased family members come back in my dreams so they can be with me to the best of their abilities. In that light, Virgin Blue is not about how to face losing our loved ones, but about how to be together with them. We cannot avoid losing the ones we love, as life is in a constant state of decay. However, this film offers a way to stay with the ones we cherish forever.

Virgin Blue