Release year: 2023
Run time: 15 mins
Film type: Fiction
‘The real is rational, and the rational is real,’ says German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. But when the pandemic hits Germany, everything changes. Chinese student Ping has just started his philosophy studies and faces many obstacles: hostility, loneliness, lockdown. On a dating app he receives spicy photos from MAX, who proposes a ‘social distance hook-up’. Ping is excited and embarks on his adventure. Offered a mysterious drug, he is about to have sex, when he suddenly notices a book by Hegel. It sucks him into a drug induced reflection about free will and reality, which kills the vibe of the moment. He flees after an argument and loses himself in the drug experience. The next morning, he makes another unexpected discovery - all because of Hegel (Wegen Hegel).
Popo Fan is a filmmaker, writer, and activist from China, where his queer documentaries have made a notable impact. Since 2016, he has concentrated on writing and directing scripted, sex-positive shorts. He is the co-founder of the Queer University Video Training Camp and has been an organiser of the Beijing Queer Film Festival for more than a decade. Popo was invited to sit on the jury of the Teddy Award at the Berlinale in 2019. He is currently based in Berlin, developing his fictional feature debut.