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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).