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Present. Perfect ONE WORLD ROMANIA #13

Mandarină română, engleză

Title: Wan Mei Xian Zai Shi
Director: Shengze Zhu
Duration: 2h 4
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Year: 2019


After viewing 800 hours worth of live streaming, director Shengze Shu builds a version of China seemingly parallel to the real one, despite placing it right at the centre of the protagonists’ daily routine. They appear to be filming themselves constantly, thus putting on mini-spectacles for the fluctuating viewership, in which their houses and streets are the setting, while their monologues turn increasingly poetic through the hyper-detailed description of their own lives. As we watch them dance in the middle of a pedestrian road, eat, show us the toilet in a pig farm or the remote control of a wheelchair, the camera acts as a porthole into the layers of loneliness, curiosity, tenderness and alienation, slowly forming on top of repeated attempts at communication. Sometimes joy comes from the money sent by the subscribers, sometimes from the long discussions in the comments section, but always from the simplicity of how contact is made and the uninterrupted possibility of being seen. (by Teona Galgoțiu)

Festivals and awards: 

  • Rotterdam International Film Festival 2019 - Tiger Award 
  • Cinéma du Réel 2019 - Special Mention for Young Jury Award 
  • RIDM – Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal 2019
  • Dokufest – International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2019 - International Dox Award
  • FICUMAN Festival International de Cine UNAM - Special Mention

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