Sheng Ze ZHU
USA, Hong Kong〡2019〡Doc〡124min〡BW〡Mandarin, Regional dialect〡English Subtitle〡保護級6+
2019 鹿特丹影展 金虎獎
2019 巴黎真實電影節 青年評審團特別獎
Live streaming has exploded in China and become one of the most profitable industries over the past several years. While it produces enormous revenues and numerous “Internet celebrities”, it also provides a popular gathering place for masses of Chinese netizens. People that would never cross paths in the real world are now connected in virtual showrooms and interact in real-time, and one could instantaneously experience what others are experiencing. 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.
Sheng Ze ZHU
Sheng ze ZHU is a documentary filmmaker and producer. She co-founded Burn The Film with Zheng fan Yang, and they’ve been collaborating as dynamic duo since 2012. Her directorial debut OUT OF FOCUS (2014) premiered at Cinéma du Réel (France); her second film ANOTHER YEAR (2016)received the Best Film Award at Visions du Réel (Switzerland), Grand Prize at RIDM MontrealInt’l Documentary Festival, Critic's Award at Olharde Cinema(Brazil), and was honored as "Top 10 Films of the Year" in 2016 by 24 Imagesmagazine (Canada). Her third film PRESENT.PERFECT. (2019) received the Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Zhu has also served as producer for Yang's films including DISTANT (2013,Locarno), WHERE ARE YOU GOING (2016, IFFR) and DOWN THERE (2018, short, Venice).