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Just Like Any Other Night

Zimu Zhang, Zheng Lu Xinyuan

Release year: 2018-2022

Run time: 23'34

Film type: Documentary

Synopsis

A ghostly image emerges in the dark, weakly lights up its surrounding —a city ruin awaits renewal. Deep in the darkness, a girl murmurs a scattered diary of her lonely soul amid the city life. An intimate archive of fleeting sensations amid China’s rapid urbanization, especially on the Urban-Village, one of the most drastic scenes of Chinese urbanization. It was realized with the collaboration of young urban-villagers in Guangzhou, China.

 

Director biography

Zimu Zhang is an environmental humanities scholar working on visual culture, eco-cinema and ecofeminist arts. She is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Literature and Cultural Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong. She is also an alumna of DocNomads Erasmus Mundus Joint Master in documentary filmmaking (2012-2014) and Berlinale talents (2016).Her films have been featured in international film festivals, art and academic events, such as European Media Art Festival, Doclisboa, Yunfest, China Independent Film Festival, etc. She has curated screening programs for Singapore International film festival, Arkipel Documentary and Experimental Film Festival, Inner Mongolian Film Week and Beijing International Short Film Festival, etc. Together with friends she co-founded Moonshine Screening Project (2017-2019, Guangzhou SJT co-governance space) and Black Tent Theater (2021-, Guangdong Times Museum), focusing on the ecology and sociality of moving image and moving image activities.

Zheng Lu Xinyuan, filmmaker, based in Hangzhou, China. She tries to cultivate a personal visual practice that explores the boundaries of various media as well as of articulation itself. Her first feature film The Cloud in Her Room won the Tiger Award at the 49th International Film Festival Rotterdam. Her previous short films were selected into festivals such as Tribeca Film Festival, First Xining International Film Festival, Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, China Independent Film Festival amongst others.