Disorder

Direction
Year
2009
Country
  • China
Duration
59min
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Through raw images of cruel and unusual news items, gathered from journalists and amateur video directors, director Huang Weikai and his film Disorder take us into the chaos of a Chinese society scarred by an overwhelming urbanization. The film is made like a mosaic of singular stories restoring absurd and hopeless situations, in an urban environment where the weakest seem to be out of place.

These filmed incidents are cut into short sequences and the sharpened editing draws a progressively dehumanized urban territory, where men and animals still try to survive. Quickly passing from one event to another, without any obvious link, we are then carried in the middle of a world gone mad, where individuals, including the forces of “Law and Order” seem completely overtaken by events.

From that reconstruction of the real and the grotesque and hilarious as well as shocking atmosphere which comes out of it, naturally a great feeling of disorder emerges. Also, rather rapidly, a certain concern and an uncomfortable impression that these scenes could happen below our window.

If this film sometimes let us catch a glimpse of some solidarity and snatches of resistance, and thus, a little bit of hope for cities of today and tomorrow, it especially gives us the eye of a talented film maker without jeopardizing any of the modern urban world's ferocity. Indeed, the timeless black and white painting of Guangzhou, the director's birth town, seizes our imaginary and gives to this film the aspect of a universal meditation.

Details

  • Original title
    Disorder
  • Direction
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Chen Cai, Huang Mu, Lu Ren, Xiao Xin, Zhu Yu, Zhu Chun, Zeng Rui, Zhang Shi
  • Editing
    Huang Weikai, Xiao Fang
  • Duration
    59 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
    2009
  • Country
    • China
  • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Production
  • Distribution
      • 123 Productions, Inc. (Jill CAmpbell)
      • 337 West 12th Street
      • NY 10014 New York
      • United States
      • tel: +1 212-243-3868
      • e-mail: 123productionsinc@gmail.com
  • Festivals
    • 2008 Asian Network of Documentary Fund Project (13th PIFF)
    • 2009 Young Jury Special mention Award of 31nd Cinéma du Réel International Documentary Film Festival, France
    • 2009 PRIX RED Award of the 24th Belfort International Film Festival, France
    • 2009 Jury Special mention Award of 4th Yunnan Multi Culture Visual Festival, China
    • Official selection at the 52nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, Germany, 2009
    • Official selection at the 11th Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, the New Asian Currents program, Japan, 2009
    • Official selection at the 3rd Chongqing Independent Film & Video Festival, China, 2009
    • 14th Pusan International Film Festival, Korea, 2009
    • 49th Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2009
    • 6th China Documentary Film Festival, China, 2009
    • 6th China Independent Film Festival, China, 2009
    • Official selection at the 16th Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival, Canada, 2010
    • Official selection at the 6th Play-Doc International Documentary Film Festival, Spain, 2010
    • Official selection at the 7th Planete Doc Review Film Festival, Poland, 2010
    • 9th DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, Finland, 2010
    • 2010 True/False Film Fest, America
    • 2010 Black Movie Festival, Switzerland
    • 12th Sarasota Film Festival, America, 2010
    • HotDocs, Canada, 2010
  • Awards
    • 2009 Young Jury Special mention Award of 31nd Cinéma du Réel International Documentary Film Festival, France
    • 2009 PRIX RED Award of the 24th Belfort International Film Festival, France
    • 2009 Jury Special mention Award of 4th Yunnan Multi Culture Visual Festival, China

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