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Zhu Rikun

Release year: 2021

Run time: 94 mins

Film type: Documentary

Synopsis

The film shows the ordinary lives of young people in China, with all their romantic problems, unfulfilled dreams and existential crises that are interwoven into everyday dialogues and conversations with the director. The two central protagonists try to function in an open relationship, which suits only one of the partners, while the other suffers and longs for a family life. The possibility of emigration to America is a hope, but it is gradually receding due to the worsening political situation. The camera captures even the most intimate moments and puts the viewer in the position of a voyeur observing the exposed bodies and souls.

 

Director biography

Born in 1976 in Guangdong, of Hakka descent, Zhu Rikun studied finance at Peking University's Guanghua School of Management from 1996 to 2000. In 2001, he founded Fanhall Films (Fanhall.com, Fanhall Art Centre), focusing on independent film production, distribution, and exhibition. He has produced and distributed milestone works in Chinese independent cinema. In 2003, he founded the China Documentary Film Festival. From 2006 to 2012, Zhu Rikun served as the artistic director of the Li Xianting Film Fund, continuing to organize the China Documentary Film Festival and the Beijing Independent Film Forum, which later merged into the Beijing Independent Film Festival (BIFF). He has served as a jury member at various film festivals, including the Locarno International Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival, St. Petersburg Message to Man, Seoul Digital Film Festival, and Rome Asian Film Festival. He has also been a visiting researcher at Keio University in Japan and a visiting curator at the Burns Film Center in New York, USA. Zhu Rikun has edited two books, "Cinematic Impulse" and "Independent Records," both focusing on Chinese independent cinema and documentary films.

Director's statement

There is very little space for Chinese independent films these days. For big film festivals in western countries, they don't pay attention to the small budget films as they look less industrial.