Date: Monday, December 16, 2019
Location: Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA
Director: Shengze Zhu
Film Details: 2019, 124 minutes, DCP, B&W, sound, Mandarin Chinese & Various Chinese Regional Dialects with English subtitles
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.
Filmmaker Shengze Zhu will attend in person for a post-screening Q&A with the DocYard’s Spring 2020 Guest Curator, Abby Sun.
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
About the Director:
Shengze ZHU is a documentary filmmaker and producer. OUT OF FOCUS (2014) is her directorial feature debut, which premiered at Cinéma du Réel in France. Her second feature documentary ANOTHER YEAR (2016) premiered at Visions du Réel in Switzerland and received the Best Film Award; it also received the Grand Prize at RIDM Montreal International Documentary Festival, the Critic’s Award at Olhar de Cinema (Brazil), and was honored as “Top 10 Films of the Year” in 2016 by 24 Images magazine (Canada). Her latest film PRESENT.PERFECT. (2019) premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam and received the Tiger Award. Zhu has also served as producer for Zhengfan Yang’s films, including DISTANT (2013), WHERE ARE YOU GOING (2016) and DOWN THERE (2018).