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Nina Wu

Zhuo Ren Mi Mi
dir. Midi Z
Taiwan, Malaysia, Myanmar 2019, 103’
Screenings, tickets
Th 14 Nov
Muranów
17:30
 
Muranów
Sa 16 Nov
Kinoteka 1
21:15
 
Kinoteka 1
Awards and festivals
Cannes Film Festival 2019 Taipei Film Festival 2019
Credits
Taiwan, Malaysia, Myanmar 2019
Duration: 103’
director: Midi Z
screenplay: Wu Ke-xi, Midi Z
cinematography: Florian J. E. Zinke
editing: Matthieu Laclau, Tsai Yann-shan
music: Lim Giong
cast: Wu Ke-xi, Sung Yu-hua, Hsia Yu-chiao, Shih Ming-shuai
producer: Lin Sheng-wen, Molly Fang, Claudia Tseng, Andi Lim
executive producer: Midi Z, Ko Yao-zong, Joanne Goh
production: Seashore Image Productions, Harvest 9 Road Entertainment
language: Mandarin
colouration: colour

Film description

A visually electrifying psychological drama from the one of the most renowned Asian auteurs. Surprising with its oneiric form and striking with its message, it gained recognition at the Cannes Film Festival, where it had its world premiere.

For 8 years already Nina has been wasting her acting talent on supporting roles in rather unprestigious projects. However, there is a big chance on the horizon: the leading part in a spy thriller set in the 60's. The media predict a spectacular success for the film, but the atmosphere on the set and behind the scenes of the production is more dense than in the plot itself. Psychological pressure and unethical tricks hidden under the guise of an artistic vision lead the protagonist into very dangerous regions.

Midi Z, a director known for auteur semi-documentary films about the fate of migrants, successfully tries his hand at stylish genre cinema. The screenplay was written by his long-term collaborator, Wu Ke-xi, who also plays the title role. She found inspiration for the story in the experiences of actresses all over the world described by the media on the wave of #metoo movement. However, the film goes beyond this theme: it is a tale about a fiercely determined woman fighting for her dreams and standing against adverse structures of power – inside family, on set and in society. The authors reach for cinema classics, seducing with neon lights that bring into mind Kar-wai’s works and surrealist symbolism reminiscent of Kubrick’s films.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Midi Z

Born in Myanmar, he moved to Taiwan at the age of 16. He studied art and graphic design at Taiwan University. In 2009 he was admitted to Taipei Golden Horse Film Academy, established by Hou Hsiao-hsien, as one of the most promising directors of the young generation. His films, which offer unique insight into the reality of modern Myanmar, are frequently shown at world festivals; "Ice Poison" won awards in Edinburgh and Taipei and was the Taiwanese candidate for Oscar. "The Road to Mandalay" received FEDEORA prize at the IFF in Venice in 2016. "Nina Wu", the director’s experiment in genre cinema, had its world premiere in Un Certain Regard section of the IFF in Cannes.

Born in Myanmar, he moved to Taiwan at the age of 16. He studied art and graphic design at Taiwan University. In 2009 he was admitted to Taipei Golden Horse Film Academy, established by Hou Hsiao-hsien, as one of the most promising directors of the young generation. His films, which offer unique insight into the reality of modern Myanmar, are frequently shown at world festivals; "Ice Poison" won awards in Edinburgh and Taipei and was the Taiwanese candidate for Oscar. "The Road to Mandalay" received FEDEORA prize at the IFF in Venice in 2016. "Nina Wu", the director’s experiment in genre cinema, had its world premiere in Un Certain Regard section of the IFF in Cannes.

Filmography:

2011 Powrót do Birmy / Gui lai de ren/ Return to Burma
2012 Biedni ludzie / Poor Folk
2013 Letters from the South ("Burial Clothes")
2014 Biała śmierć / Bing du / Ice Poison
2015 Kopalnie jadeitu / Wa yu shi de ren / Jade Miners
2016 Miast jadeitu / Fei cui zhi cheng / City of Jade
2016 Droga do Mandalay / Zai jian wa cheng / The Road to Mandalay
2019 Nina Wu / Zhuo Ren Mi Mi

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