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Shu Haolun

Release year: 2006

Run time: 70 mins

Film type: Documentary


Dazhongli is one of Shanghai's oldest neighborhoods. Shu Haolun's family has lived there for three generations, enjoying a close-knit, communal way of life with their neighbors. Now Dazhongli and its surrounding neighborhoods are in the process of being demolished to make way for gleaming skyscrapers, towering apartment complexes and luxury shopping centers. In NOSTALGIA, Shu relays vivid details of growing up among narrow alleys and courtyards murmuring with neighborhood gossip, back when Shanghai was still closed to the world. While sharing a wealth of memories, Shu uses his camera to capture the everyday details of his home before they are wiped out forever.


Director biography

Shu Haolun is a film director and screenwriter. He graduated from East China University of Technology in 1994 with a Bachelor's degree in Engineering. He later studied film directing and screenwriting at Southern Illinois University in the United States, earning a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. After returning to China in 2003, he directed and wrote award-winning documentary and narrative films. He currently resides in Shanghai and is also a faculty member at the School of Film and Television at Shanghai University.