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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.

Original title: Jiao qu de niao English title: Suburban Birds Country: China Language: Chinese Production year: 2018 Length: 118' Aspect ratio: 1:1.33

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Director: QIU Sheng Screenwriter: QIU Sheng DOP: Ranjun XU Editor:  Qing Song LIAO, Di JIN Producer: Patrick Mao HUANG, Jingsu CHEN, Zhaowei ZHANG Production Company:  CHAN Films World sales: Luxbox


Festivals & Awards


Xining First Films Festival : Best Narrative Feature Award

NOVOS CINEMAS Festival : Best Feature Film

Locarno Film Festival - Cineasti del Presente

BFI London Film Festival - DARE Section

Bordeaux International Film Festival ( FIFIB) - International Competition

Mostra Internacional de Sao Paulo
New Directors Competition

Gent International Film Festival

CPH:PIX Film Festival


QIU Cheng


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 and Golfville have won awards at China Independent Film Festival, Premiere Plans d’Angers, etc. Sheng has enrolled in Golden Horse Film Academy and FIRST International Film Festival Youth Training Camp.

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2018, Suburban Birds

2016, Distant Thunder  (Short film) 

2015, Golfville (Short film)                                                             12th China Independent Film Festival – Short Film Competition   28th Premiers Plans Festival D’Angers – China Unit                           

2015, Man from Haiphong (Short film)                                           2015 Golden Horse Film Academy Final Project

2014, Winterstare (Short film) 

2013, Crazy Horse (Short film)                         

2010, China Story (Short film)                                                           9th Vision Youth Awards - Best Experimental Short Film