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+ "Short Story", 12'
Xue yun
dir. Wu Lang
China 2023, 102’
subtitles: Polish and English

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Polish premiere
Theatrical Screenings
Su 19 Nov, 12:00
Kinoteka 3
+ "Short Story", 12'
+ "Short Story", 12'
Kinoteka 3
Mo 20 Nov, 18:00
Kinoteka 1
+ "Short Story", 12'
+ "Short Story", 12'
Kinoteka 1
Awards and festivals
Shanghai International Film Festival 2023 - Media Choice Award for Film (The Belt and Road Film Week) World premiere: Berlin Film Festival (Encounters)
China 2023
Duration: 102’
director: Wu Lang
screenplay: Lang Wu
cinematography: Deng Xu
editing: Qin Yanan
music: Ding Ke
cast: Lee Kang-Sheng, Li Meng, Ren Ke
producer: Dun He
production: Shanghai Turan Movie Co., Ltd., Haikou Qinglan Visual Art Development Co., Ltd.
language: Mandarin
colouration: colour

Film description

Yu returns to his home island of Hainan after spending ten years behind bars. He is planning to get back together with his former partner, a beautiful hairdresser who works hard to support her and her daughter. Will they be able to forget about the past and rekindle the flame of their old love after so many years apart? Can they build a happy home in one of the hundreds of concrete skyscrapers towering over the island's lush greenery?

In the eye of the camera, a place associated with mass tourism and raging developers looks like the time-frozen remains of the apocalypse. "Absence" registers the process of decay in the space surrounding the protagonists in an expressive visual style, revealing the sensitivity and unique talent of the director whose debut assured his place among the top Chinese arthouse filmmakers. The film stars Lee Kang-sheng, known mostly from films by Tai Ming-liang, and Meng Li – an actress at the brink of a spectacular career who enchanted the Chinese audiences with her role in the hit series "The Bad Kids."

The screening will be accompanied by a screening of "Short Story" - the director's 2023 short film.

Marcin Krasnowolski

Wu Lang

Chinese director born in 1991 in Yiyang. He studied sculpting, but later focused on his work as a lecturer, documentarian, and ad director. In 2021, his short feature "Absence" was screened a ta number of world film festivals, including Cannes. Wu worked with the same acting team on the 2023 "Absence," his feature debut.


2021 Xue yun / Absence (kr. m.)

2023 Nieobecność / Xue yun / Absence

2023 Krótka historia Duan Pian Gushi / Krótka historia (kr. m.)

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