So Long, My Son, the latest film by leading Chinese auteur Wang Xiaoshuai, sets to examine changing times in modern China.

It is a family saga about parenthood, friendship, struggle and forgiveness. Covering a large stretch of space and time, the story moves from the 1980s to the present, and from the North to the South of China.

Known for realism, Wang is no stranger to prominent international film festivals. This time, his work scooped two Berlin Film Festival awards – Silver Bear for Best Actress and Best Actor.

On the occasion of So Long, My Son screening in Chinese cinemas, China Daily spoke with him about the film’s production, his life and his view on Chinese auteur film.

Guest: Wang Xiaoshuai

Reporter: Li Wenrui

Copy editor: Anne Marie Ruisi

Subtitles: Sun Jiao

Producer: Li Wenrui

Executive producer: Feng Minghui

Contact the producer at liwenrui@chinadaily.com.cn