Directed by Midi Z
Taiwan, Malaysia, Myanmar / 103 mins / M18 – Sexual Violence and Some Homosexual Content
Playing the title role of a screenplay that she co-wrote, Wu Ke-xi plays Nina Wu, a struggling young actress who is desperate for that career-defining breakout role. After eight years of toiling and playing bit-parts in small films, Nina is finally offered a meaty lead role in an espionage spy thriller that requires for her to perform in explicit sex scenes involving full frontal nudity. Obsessed with fame and grasping the role with everything she has, Nina’s psychological resolve begins to crack as a result of the challenges brought on by the role, and the abuse and trauma she has to put up with on set and off.
With the film finally complete, and just as she is finally close to achieving all that she has dreamt of, Nina’s personal life starts to crumble. Her father’s business has gone bankrupt and her mother suffers a heart attack. A return to her hometown before the film’s premiere rekindles a past relationship with her childhood friend while she becomes increasingly paranoid of being stalked by a mysterious woman.
Featuring a terrorising and fractured soundscape that closely mirrors its character’s crumbling state of mind, Nina Wu is a devastating work by Midi Z that is inspired by Harvey Weinstein’s scandal, the #MeToo movement, and Wu Ke-xi’s fight for gender equality in a male-dominated industry.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Burmese filmmaker Midi Z has received numerous accolades for both his documentary and fiction works. These include the FEDEORA Award for Best Film at Venice Days 2016 for The Road to Mandalay, and Special Mention at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2017 for City of Jade. Midi’s latest film, Nina Wu, was selected for the Un Certain Regard section in this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
CAST & INFORMATION
Lin Sheng-Wen, Molly Fang, Claudia Tseng, Andi Lim
Wu Ke-xi, Sung Yu-hua, Hsia Yu-chiao, Shih Ming-shuai
Wu Ke-xi, Midi Z
Seashore Image Productions
Sun, 24 Nov 2019 / 8:00 PM
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