Twenty-something Muzi returns to her hometown of Hangzhou for Chinese New Year. Through interactions with her friends, family and lovers, both old and new, Muzi navigates what it means to be female – as a daughter, a sister and, most of all, as a woman who desires and wants to be desired. The black-and-white film, its inexplicable cuts and documentary-style sequences mirror the disconcerting experience of being surrounded by the new and the familiar as well as the occasionally bumpy road of a young woman’s self-discovery. Zheng Lu Xinyuan brings the audiences through Muzi’s journey slowly, but with a confident hand. The film ultimately emerges as a charismatic and thoughtful take on a woman’s identity in a constantly changing world.
“And it feels like the launch of an excitingly uncompromised, offbeat new talent, whose sensibility nods to both the modern slow-burn social realist tradition in China, and the classic European arthouse, without being beholden to either.”
Jessica Kiang, Variety
Rotterdam IFF Tiger Competition 2020
Zheng Lu Xinyuan
China, Hong Kong
R21 (Sexual Scenes and Nudity 性相关及裸露画面)
28 Nov 2020, Saturday, 6:30pm
Filmgarde Bugis+ Hall 3
05 Dec 2020, Saturday, 3:30pm
Filmgarde Bugis+ Hall 7
Zheng Lu Xinyuan is a director based in Hangzhou, China.
Her works have been screened at various film festivals internationally. Winner of the prestigious Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Cloud in Her Room is her debut feature.
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