The film captures 13 dinners of a migrant worker’s family over the course of 14 months. The meals unfold in real-time through 13 static, long takes, highlighting how the mundane could appear mysterious and beautiful with the passage of time. A series of random occurrences, some dramatic and some trivial, are all given meaning by their proximity to each other. The joys and frustrations of the three-generation family, as well as the changes they experienced over the year and the things they cannot change, are presented and analyzed with remarkable details. Through examining the lives of migrant workers, who left their ancestral homeland in rural areas to seek a better life in cities but remain trapped at the margins of urban society, the film aims to craft a meditation on China’s economic boom and massive urbanization.
- Best Film (International Competition) - Visions du Réel
- Grand Prize (International Competition) - RIDM
- Zhengfan Yang
- BURN THE FILM PRODUCTION HOUSE
A powerful and moving meditation.
I’m always interested to see the world through the eyes of others, through their viewpoints and perspectives.
Shengze Zhu 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, documentary) is Zhu’s directorial feature debut, which premiered at the Cinéma du Réel in France, and screened at the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival (South Korea), FRONTEIRA International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival (Brazil), among others. 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 premieres at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in the Tiger Competition. Zhu has also served as producer for Yang's films, including DISTANT (2013, fiction, Locarno), WHERE ARE YOU GOING (2016) and DOWN THERE (2018).