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International Feature Competition

Another Year Shengze Zhu

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The winner of the international competition at the Visions du réel festival, Another Year is a deceptively simple work that takes an uncommonly perceptive look at today’s China. The film is made up of 13 static shots, one for each of the 13 dinners that Shengze Zhu filmed once a month with a Chinese working class family. Making brilliant use of variations in framing dictated by confined spaces and showing mastery of elision, bringing dynamism to the narrative, the young filmmaker observes the funny, tense and dramatic interactions of the three-generation family, illustrating the socio-economic challenges facing a large part of China’s population.

Presented in collaboration with the CSN

Another Year

  • Country : China
  • Year : 2016
  • V.O : Hubei
  • Subtitles : English
  • Duration : 181 MIN
  • Cinematography : Zhengfan Yang
  • Editing : Shengze Zhu
  • Production : Zhengfan Yang, Shengze Zhu
  • Sound Design : Dejian Ou
Filmography of Shengze Zhu :

Out of Focus, 2014, 88 min
Another Year, 2016, 181 min

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