Film - Program 1 Filmfest 2020


Directed by Hanxiong Bo


Director: Hanxiong Bo
Section: Program 1
Country: China, USA
Year: 2019
Language: Chinese
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Sanming Han, Jiali Wang, Junxiong Wang, Bowen Hu
18+ (no age rating)

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Silent and introverted, Yan is bullied by his peers and treated like an outsider. Because he was born illegally as a second child under China’s one-child policy, his parents raised him as a girl and hid their elder daughter in the countryside. Now a young adult, Yan struggles with his gender identity. He doesn’t say a word, but his anger toward society seethes inside him. The only escape he can find is to drift around deserted parking lots in his father’s old taxicab.

  • Filmschool: University of California

  • Duration: 17 Min.

Meet the director


Hanxiong Bo

Hanxiong Bo grew up in Beijing and now lives in Los Angeles. He holds a master’s degree in film directing from the University of California in Los Angeles. DRIFTING celebrated its world premiere at the San Sebastián International Film Festival, where it was nominated for best short film. In 2020, Hanxiong Bo was selected to participate in Werner Herzog’s Film Accelerator workshop in the Colombian jungle.


Screenplay: Hanxiong Bo
Director of Photography: Joewi Verhoeven
Film Editor: Yinong Xia, Hanxiong Bo
Composer: Mingxu Huang
Production Designer: Qiyang Sun
Costume Design: Ruoxuan Li
Sound: Nathan Ruyle, Peggy Duan
Make-up artist: Tingting Liu
Producer: Summer Yang
Production Company: University of California, L.A.