Monday, December 16, 2019


  • Present. Perfect. Trailer

Present. Perfect Details

  • Year of Production: 2019
  • Length: 127 minutes
  • Color: Black and White
  • Screening Format: Digital
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese and Various Chinese Regional Dialects

About the Film

Weaving together footage filmed and broadcasted by little-known Chinese live-streaming anchors, who struggle with real-life face-to-face social interaction because of their identity, disability and social-economic status, this cinematic collage explores how individuals satisfy their cravings for human connection through virtual togetherness, and how these virtual relationships challenge standard definitions of companionship.


“Leisurely, illuminating immersion into the streams of Chinese life… Shengze makes no attempt to organize her material into any kind of story framework. Instead she offers myriad glimpses into dozens of ordinary lives across the world’s most populous nation. It’s a rich pageant of the quotidian.” –Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter


World Premiere and Winner of the Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Winner of the Universities Award at Indie Lisboa. Special Mention for Young Jury Award at Cinema du Reel. Official Selection of New Directors/New Films, the Jeonju International Film Festival, Taipei Film Festival, and Melbourne International Film Festival.

About the Filmmakers

Shengze ZHU Director

Shengze Zhu is a filmmaker and producer. Her documentary feature debut OUT OF FOCUS (2014) premiered at Cinéma du Réel (France); her second documentary ANOTHER YEAR (2016) received the Best Film Award at Visions du Réel (Switzerland) and the Grand Prize at RIDM Montreal International Documentary Festival. Her third documentary PRESENT.PERFECT. (2019) received the Tiger […] Read More