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Lovers In a Hotpot

Zimu Zhang

Release year: 2014

Run time: 31’28

Film type: Documentary


A Chinese Hotpot restaurant in Antwerp is full of lovers, though it doesn’t seem to be so at the first sight. Three couples made up the rare combination, Mainland Chinese, Taiwanese, Spanish and Tibetans, at different age, from different background, work and live around this small space. Through their daily routine, off-work gossip, we get into a private cosmos, where each one is a solitary planet but being influenced, limited, attracted by others in this physical-psychological space. The gravity that supports and bounds them is a universal and scarce affection, which make them genuine lovers.


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.