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The Lucky One

Zimu Zhang

Release year: 2013

Run time: 13’48

Film type: Documentary


It all started from the moment I encountered a table gossip in an illegal Chinese restaurant in Lisbon: A Chinese girl who came to study but fell into deep miseries. Out of curiosity and empathy, I began to look for her. Instead of finding the truth, I was confronted with more puzzles, choices and life’s poetry. It’s a film about journey, suspicion and battles between poetry and misery.


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.