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Green Thoughts


Somewhere in the world there is a remote island. The sea. Lush hills. The impenetrable forest. The constantly changing weather. In a lodge by the sea, a Chinese writer immersing herself in reading and writing encounters a Japanese girl who is in a melancholic mood. "Have you ever seen something after its disappearance?" the girl asks. "Where are we right now?" the writer asks. "Somewhere in the past," the girl answers. Night after night some dreams lull them into sleep, but a heavy heart is lost in deep thoughts. What has actually happened and what the two girls are feeling, imagining or remembering starts to overlap. Is the scene of the outer world also becoming the self's inner world?

Green Thoughts is a film about encounter and farewell, as well as about loss, absence, and remembrance of some transient moments falling and fading. Rejecting a particular storyline or narrative logic, the film is a composition of the subtle shifts in sentiment. It brings to the fore its female characters’ subjectivity and further explores the way in which each girl’s perception, imagination and remembrance of her own living world is able to evoke images, poetic yet fragile, from her inner body. Or perhaps Green Thoughts is cinematically constructed by sensual images of thoughts that give the audience an affective contemplation and invite them to meditate upon the loss of a past.

Director filmography: First film


  • Director William Hong-xiao Wei
  • Country UK, China
  • Year 2020
  • Duration 29 min
  • Scottish Premiere


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