Suburban Birds

 Suburban Birds

Original name: Jiao qu de niao
English name: Suburban Birds
Year: 2018
Run time: 118'
Language: Chinese
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: China
Director: Qiu Sheng
Producer: Patrick Mao Huang, Jingsu Chen, Zhaowei Zhang
Cast: Mason Lee, Lu Huang, Zihan Gong
Screenplay: Qiu Sheng
Cinematographer: Xu Ranjun
Editor: Liao Qing Song, Jin Di
Sound Designer: Duu-Chih Tu
Music Composer: Xiaohe
Production Designer: Ziyang Yu
Production Company: Chan Films, Flash Forward Entertainment
World Sales: Luxbox
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  • Xining First FF
  • Locarno FF
  • BFI London FF
  • Bordeaux IFF 2018
  • Mostra Internacional de Sao Paulo
  • Gent International FF

Selected Filmography:

  • China Story (Short film)2010
  • Crazy Horse (Short film) 2013
  • Winterstare (Short film) 2014
  • Golfville (Short film) 2015
  • Man from Haiphong (Short film) 2015
  • Distant Thunder (Short film) 2016

Director's Biography:

Qiu Sheng was born in Hangzhou, China. He earned a Bachelor degree of Bio medical Engineering in Tsinghua before getting an MFA degree of film at Hong Kong Baptist University. He is aspired to discover new ways of filmmaking. His works like Winterstare (2014) and Golfville (2015) have won awards at China Independent Film Festival, Premiere Plans d’Angers, etc. Sheng is a part of Golden Horse Film Academy, and First International Film Festival Youth Training Camp.


Some ground subsidence has occurred in a suburban area and a team of engineers, including Hao, is dispatched to investigate the cause. After days of wandering around in the empty suburb looking for answers and carrying his heavy gear, Hao walks into a primary school where he finds a diary chronicling the story of a boy and the separation of what seems to be an intimate group. As the investigation keeps going, Hao discovers that this diary might contain prophecies about his own life.