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The Cloud in Her Room / Ta fang jian li de yun

Zheng Lu Xinyuan
22-year-old Muzi returns to her native Hangzhou to celebrate Chinese New Year with her family and readapt to her old social roles: daughter, sister, girlfriend. She meets a strange man who stirs memories of a past relationship. Stuck in limbo between past and future, in a city that is at once so close and so far away, Muzi is trying to find herself and move forward.

In her feature debut, Zheng Lu Xinyuan blends the traditions of Chinese social realism with the free spirit of the ‘new wave’. Unexpected experiments with structure and form, free associations, and the bold inclusion of documentary elements do not compromise the film’s subjective integrity. We are faced with an extremely personal first-person narrative that at the same time provides a sumptuous portrait of China’s twentysomethings, from a previously unseen perspective. The winner of the Tiger Award, the main prize at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020 and a new voice in Chinese cinema.

Zheng Lu Xinyuan is a filmmaker based in Hangzhou, China. She graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts with a Film & Television Production MFA in 2017. Her short films have been selected to screen at numerous festivals including Tribeca Film Festival, FIRST International Film Festival, Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture and China Independent Film Festival. Xinyuan aims to cultivate a personal visual practice that explores the boundaries of various media.

Zheng Lu Xinyuan is a filmmaker based in Hangzhou, China. She graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts with a Film & Television Production MFA in 2017. Her short films have been selected to screen at numerous festivals including Tribeca Film Festival, FIRST International Film Festival, Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture and China Independent Film Festival. Xinyuan aims to cultivate a personal visual practice that explores the boundaries of various media.

Year of production:
2020
Country:
Hong Kong, China
Length:
101'
Language:
Mandarin, English
Subs:
English, Russian
Director:
Zheng Lu Xinyuan
Script:
Zheng Lu Xinyuan
Producer:
Wang Zijian
Cinematography:
Matthias Delvaux
Music:
Tseng Yun-Fang
Cast:
Jin Jing, Liu Dan, Chen Zhou, Ye Hongming, Dong Kangning, Liang Cuishan, Wang Ruiwen
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