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Muzi (Jin Jing), 22, accompanies her little half-sister to school where she meets a local bar owner, the father of another student. The strange man reminds Muzi of an old friend, reawakening memories of a relationship which suddenly disappeared. When Muzi’s Beijing photographer boyfriend arrives for a visit, the two roam a city that to Muzi feels so familiar yet distant as she searches for a place where she belongs. Set during a wet winter in Xinyuan’s hometown Hangzhou, the film reveals a city deformed by transformation, reflecting the transient state of mind of Muzi, through moments, flashing memories. Zheng Lu Xinyuan’s strikingly poetic, experimental and intimate debut feature, shot in luminous black and white is like a fragmented diary, both personal and very contemporary.
‘… beautiful, honest and thought provoking… visually luminous, a feast for the eyes and ears’ (Vanessa Gildea, Irish filmmaker and producer)
Mandarin, English, Japanese, Flemish
China, Hong Kong