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Fan Popo

Release year: 2019

Run time: 15 min

Film type: Fiction


Ting is a young professional living in Beijing. His new boyfriend Mark loves him dearly, but he finds it difficult to commit to the relationship as there is a secret that is difficult to share: he has a fetish for Mark’s teeth. With Mark’s increasingly active pursuit, Ting gets more and more confused. He wants to speak out, but can he?


Director biography

Popo Fan is a queer filmmaker and activist. His films address topics such as same sex marriage (New Beijing, New Marriage), trans issues (Be A Woman), and feminism (The VaChina Monologues). His trilogy Chinese Closet, Mama Rainbow, Papa Rainbow, focusing on LGBT families in China, had had a strong impact on Chinese society. His tireless work on LGBT visibility also includes serving as organizer for the Beijing Queer Film Festival for more than a decade, as well as founding the Queer University Video Training Camp. In 2011, he received the Prism Award from the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. In 2016 he won the best short film at Chouftouhonna, Tunis International Feminist Art Film Festival (The VaChina Monologues). He participated in Berlinale Talents 2017, and was jury of the Teddy Award in 2019.

Director's statement

We all have our own secrets. Regardless of our age, gender, race or sexual orientation, the communication barriers among us are everywhere. Ting’s confusion reflects the loneliness of ordinary people, especially those who live in big cities. The film does not provide a straightforward answer, but it raises these questions and creates feelings that will invite deep reflection.