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Hard Love 炼爱

Xueying Dong


Hard Love 炼爱

Following the lives of 5 single women in Chinese cities.

Golden Rooster Awards 2022 - Best Documentary
Beijing International Film Festival 2021 - Selection
Shanghai International Film Festival 2021 - Selection

The film focuses on five single women living in the city. One eager to have a stable relationship, one believes that egg freezing is the most valuable investment, one is always forced to date somebody under the pressure of her family, one is obsessed with a dating app, one is struggling as a single mom. With the rapid urbanization, when talking about love, what are we thinking about?

Sphinx Cinema

Tuesday 5 March


97 min


Language: Mandarin

Subtitles: English

"Hard Love explores the experiences of women over thirty looking for love in a society that vastly undervalues them."


About the Director

Tracy Dong graduated from the Beijing Film Academy. In 2008, she opened 8090 Studio, a post-production company. She started to make documentaries in 2010 with a DV camera. Her debut feature In Character was selected into the 41st Göteborg Film Festival and screened at numerous film festivals around the world.

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