The VIFFAC does great to pay tribute to one of the most interesting directors of contemporary Chinese Cinema, Wang Xiaoshuai. As a teenager, he attended the Beijing Central Art Academy Middle School to study painting. Four years later, in 1989, at a time when Chinese Cinema gathered worldwide recognition, he left Art School for studying directing at the Beijing Film Academy. Graduating four years later, he started as an assistant director before signing his debut feature in 1993. ‘The Days’ focuses on a couple’s marginalization and stands for all young Chinese who did not relate to a society unable to guarantee their future anymore. Shot without permission on a shoestring budget, ‘The Days’ was selected as one of the best 100 films of all time by the BBC. The Chinese Film Bureau didn’t quite show the same enthusiasm and blacklisted the feature.