PROD Sean Chen
SCR Vivian Qu
CAM Tian Li, Matthieu Laclau
ED Yang Hongyu
PROD DES Liu Qiang
PROD CO 22 Hours Films
It’s not exactly “meeting cute” when research scientist Guan Lifen parks her car in the line of sight of Li Qiuming, a trainee urban surveyor. But Li is smitten, in the ways that man-boys sometimes are, and makes strenuous efforts to get to know her—with surprising success. Their first date goes well, his first gift (a GPS system for her car) is well received, everything looks rosy… until Li suddenly disappears from the bar where he’s buying her a drink.
Could this have something to do with his evening sideline, helping to install secret surveillance cameras in hotels and shops? Or is it something more sinister? Vivian Qu, best known for producing Dragons & Tigers Award-winner Uniform and other films by Diao Yinan, trades in mysteries in her terrific debut feature. The film evokes a strong sense of (justified) urban paranoia and is no doubt an accurate diagnosis of a contemporary syndrome in China. But, as NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has told us, surveillance culture is now a global phenomenon…
— Tony Rayns
Preceded By: Futon
DIR Mizushiri Yoriko / Japan, 2012, 6 min.
A young woman loses herself in her futon, physically and mentally. Like her earlier animations Fusuma (09) and Sushi (11), Mizushiri’s Futon is almost literally delicious. (TR)