GIRLS ALWAYS HAPPY | 柔情史

Young screenwriter Wu (Yang Mingming, making her feature debut as writer, director, and star) lives with her aging mother (Nai An) in a hutong—one of the gradually disappearing residential alleyways of old Beijing. Having exhausted the money from her last script sale, Wu depends on the largesse of her boyfriend, a middle-aged film professor (Zhang Xianmin); the mother, a struggling writer herself, pins her hopes on the yet-to-be-written will of Wu’s grandfather (Huang Wei). Yang’s follow-up to her brilliant short FEMALE DIRECTORS (2012) eschews its mockumentary format but extends its play with levels of performance, shrewdly exploring the different faces Wu and her mother present to the world as their own relationship swings between extremes of affection and bitterness: two generations of women in a turbulent common front against life’s indignities and disappointments. – Josh Martin

“GIRLS ALWAYS HAPPY is unflinching in its exploration of a difficult parent-child dynamic, benefitting from intricate performances from the two leads”
– Sarah Ward, ScreenDaily

“A quiet but ingratiating first feature from Yang Mingming”
– David Bordwell

CO-PRESENTED BY:

DIRECTOR/WRITER/EDITOR: Yang Mingming
PRODUCER: Yang Jing
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Yang Chao
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Shen Xiaomin
MUSIC: Fang Tao
FEATURING: Yang Mingming, Nai An, Zhang Xianmin, Li Qinqin, Huang Wei, Yuan Li, Li Wenbo

LENGTH: 117 min
LANGUAGE: Mandarin
COUNTRY: China
GENRE: Comedy | Drama

SUBTITLES: English
FORMAT: DCP

2018 Berlin International Film Festival
2018 Hong Kong International Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize, Firebird Award
2018 Seattle International Film Festival China Stars Award for Best New Talent
2018 Vancouver International Film Festival
2018 San Diego Asian Film Festival
Girls Always Happy Official Website