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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Bailu Dream
Bailu Dream
Bailu Dream

Bailu Dream

director: Nicolas Boone
original title: Bailu Dream
country: France
year: 2013
running time: 12 min.

synopsis

What happens when the Chinese government builds a French village in Sichuan province? A detached camera floats among local figures and brightly coloured facades, creating a portrait of a space where kitschy idyll maintained by an authoritarian regime mixes with bizarre situations and brutal everyday life.

DETAIL:
“Bailu, a small village in Sichuan province, was destroyed by an earthquake in 2008. The Chinese government decided to build a French village in its place.”

biography

French filmmaker Nicolas Boone began as a visual artist and performer, but gradually got into film directing. He makes primarily short-length films – both documentaries and fictional movies. Over the past few years, many of them have ended up at renowned film festivals (FID Marseille, IndieLisboa, IFF Rotterdam, and others). Boone’s only full-length documentary to date is the social fresco 200% (2011).

more about film

director: Nicolas Boone
producer: Nicolas Boone
photography: BAILU DREAM's TEAM

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