Film Info: UFO IN HER EYES

UFO IN HER EYES

UFO IN HER EYES
Scene from UFO IN HER EYES (photo © corázon international)

Simple woman Kwok Yun leads a peasant's life in the peaceful mountains around remote Three-Headed Bird Village. She lives with her grandfather and works as a laborer. She has no dreams of a different life, no great plans for the future. One day, after a countryside tryst with a married man, Kwok Yun sees a UFO - a giant glowing thing in the shape of a dumpling! Later that same day, she also helps a snake-bitten American businessman, who disappears as mysteriously as the UFO. The ambitious village leader Chief Chang uses Kwok Yun's unexpected events for political gain. She stimulates tourism with UFO tours and gets the local economy roaring with progress. Busy aspiring to strengthen relations with the USA, she is blind to the dangers such radical change can bring, especially to the environment. Kwok Yun is also transformed into the shining example of a "model peasant." She is promoted and groomed for a bright new future by pushy Chief Chang. But Kwok Yun's heart is whispering that she's destined for something more than the government's power-hungry plans...


Xiaolu Guo was born in 1973 in a Chinese fishing village. She studied at the Beijing Film Academy and in London and is active as a writer and a director. In 2009, she founded the Metaphysical Cinema Syndicate in London and Beijing, producing guerrilla style films to promote a free cinema beyond narrative conventions. She directed the documentaries THE CONCRETE REVOLUTION (2004), HOW IS YOUR FISH TODAY? (2006), WE WENT TO WONDERLAND (2008), and ONCE UPON A TIME PROLETARIAN (2009). Her feature debut SHE, A CHINESE won the Golden Leopard for Best Film at the Locarno Film Festival 2009. Her novel A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers (2007) has been published in more than 25 countries and will be adapted for the screen by Wayne Wang. Her other novels include Village of Stone (2004), 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth (2008) and UFO in her Eyes (2009).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2011
Director Xiaolu Guo
Screenplay Xiaolu Guo
Cinematography Michal Tywoniuk
Cast Udo Kier, Shi Ke, Mandy Zhang, Y. Peng Liu, Z. Lan, Massela Wei, Dou Li
Producer Klaus Maeck
Production Company corazón international, in co-production with NDR/Hamburg, ARTE
Length 110 min
Format 35 mm, color, cs
Original Version
 Mandarin, English
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Toronto 2011, Ghent 2011, Göteborg 2012, Miami 2012, International Women's FF Seoul 2012
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Hubert Bals Fund

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