Film-collage made from footage of Chinese video streaming services, that have become for many people the only way to avoid loneliness.


China, Hong Kong, USA | 2019 | 124 min
Shengze Zhu
Weaving together footage filmed and broadcasted by little-known Chinese live-streaming anchors, who struggle with real-life face-to-face social interaction because of their identity, disability and social-economic status, this cinematic collage explores how individuals satisfy their cravings for human connection through virtual togetherness, and how these virtual relationships challenge standard definitions of companionship.

Shengze Zhu

Shengze Zhu (b. 1987, China ) is a documentary filmmaker and producer. She co-founded BURN THE FILM with Zhengfan Yang, and they have been collaborating as dynamic duo since 2012. OUT OF FOCUS (2014) is Zhu's directorial feature debut, which premiered at the Cinéma du Réel in France. Her second feature documentary ANOTHER YEAR (2016) premiered at the Visions du Réel in Switzerland and received the Sesterce d'or / Best Film Award; it also received the Grand Prize at the RIDM Montreal International Documentary Festival, the Critic's Award at the Olhar de Cinema (Brazil), and was honored as "Top 10 Films of the Year" in 2016 by 24 Images magazine (Canada). PRESENT.PERFECT. (2019) is her third feature, which premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and received the prestigious Tiger Award.
July 12
Garage Screen summer cinema, 18+
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