Wu hai

Original title: Wuhai
Director: Ziyang Zhou
Cast: Huang Xuan, Yang Zishan, Tu Men
Country: China
Year of production: 2020
Length (min): 108
Language: Chinese
Subtitles: Czech, English
Sales: Picture Tree International Gmbh
Section: Panorama: New Currents

The young entrepreneur's ambitious archaeological park project is falling apart in Wu hai's hands, and creditors are knocking on his door. Yang Hua must fight not only for his loving wife and social status but also for his very life. Over three days, a frenzy in accusations of tax fraud and embezzlement spirals into panic attacks. This authentic story about the possibility of righting one's wrongs is also a critique of contemporary consumerist China.

Ziyang Zhou

The Mongolian native has already made his mark in the audience’s consciousness with his debut Old Beast (2017), which garnered awards mainly at festivals in East Asia. His new film Wu hai has also achieved success in Europe, winning the FIPRESCI Award at the San Sebastian Festival. Zhou has long been concerned with burning issues in contemporary China, such as consumerism and the constant pressure to perform.

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