28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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director: Rikun Zhu
original title: Siren
country: China, United States
year: 2021
running time: 94 min.


The film shows the ordinary lives of young people in China, with all their romantic problems, unfulfilled dreams and existential crises that are interwoven into everyday dialogues and conversations with the director. The two central protagonists try to function in an open relationship, which suits only one of the partners, while the other suffers and longs for a family life. The possibility of emigration to America is a hope, but it is gradually receding due to the worsening political situation. The camera captures even the most intimate moments and puts the viewer in the position of a voyeur observing the exposed bodies and souls.

„There is very little space for Chinese independent films these days. For big film festivals in western countries, they don't pay attention to the small budget films as they look less industrial.“ (Zhu Rikun)


Zhu Rikun (1976) is a Chinese film director and producer. He is the founder and artistic director of Fanhall Films. In 2003, he started the DOChina documentary festival, and in 2006, he became the program director of the Beijing Independent Film Festival. His directorial work focuses on political themes.

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director: Rikun Zhu
producer: Rikun Zhu
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