THE NIGHT

by Zhou Hao

China, 2014, 95 min., colour

A young man stands in front of a mirror. The night belongs to him. Every evening, he appraises his appearance, attired in a new shirt, leaves his apartment and waits in a poorly lit alleyway for his johns. One night he meets a female prostitute of his age who’s new in this part of town. They flirt and wander the streets, toy with the idea of renting their bodies out to each other and name themselves after flowers: he calls himself Tuberose and she, Narcissus.

Reviews

"Chinese director Zhou Hao delivers one of the standout debuts of the festival with "The Night", whose rough intimacy and confident sense of style is reminiscent of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Jean Genet or Wong Kar Wai."
Leo Barraclough, VARIETY


"Brilliant (...) the night scenes shot in rich sepia tones and the script's ambitious exploration of a trio of societal outsiders recalled the early work of Gus Van Sant."
Travis Jappesen, ARTFORUM New York


"The unapologetic directness of Zhou Hao's approach to image and sound (...) remind of Lars von Trier's and Thomas Vinterberg's invention of Dogma 95."
Tim Slagman, DER SPIEGEL

Zhou Hao

Festivals

Berlinale 2014 Panorama

Cannnes 2014 - Marché du Film (Market Premiere)

Year: 
2014
Duration: 
95 min.

Zhou Hao

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Country: 
China China
Reviews: 

"Chinese director Zhou Hao delivers one of the standout debuts of the festival with "The Night", whose rough intimacy and confident sense of style is reminiscent of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Jean Genet or Wong Kar Wai."
Leo Barraclough, VARIETY


"Brilliant (...) the night scenes shot in rich sepia tones and the script's ambitious exploration of a trio of societal outsiders recalled the early work of Gus Van Sant."
Travis Jappesen, ARTFORUM New York


"The unapologetic directness of Zhou Hao's approach to image and sound (...) remind of Lars von Trier's and Thomas Vinterberg's invention of Dogma 95."
Tim Slagman, DER SPIEGEL

Synopsis: 

A young man stands in front of a mirror. The night belongs to him. Every evening, he appraises his appearance, attired in a new shirt, leaves his apartment and waits in a poorly lit alleyway for his johns. One night he meets a female prostitute of his age who’s new in this part of town. They flirt and wander the streets, toy with the idea of renting their bodies out to each other and name themselves after flowers: he calls himself Tuberose and she, Narcissus.

Awards: 
Festivals: 

Berlinale 2014 PanoramaCannnes 2014 - Marché du Film (Market Premiere)

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