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Director: Yue Zheng
Screenwriter: Yue Zheng
Cast: Zhen Xia, Yawen Zeng
Producer: Donglin Chen
Cinematographer: Mingqi Zheng
Genre: Documentary
Length: 25min
Year: 2023
Dialogue: Mandarin Chinese
Region: China
Production Company: —

故事梗概 Synopsis


The deliveryman Xiaofei falls in love with the fake photographer Chen Lan. When she unexpectedly discovers Chen Lan’s true identity, she realizes that her nude photos have appeared in an art exhibition.

导演介绍 Director’s Biography


Director Zheng Yue, female, born in 1998 in Shandong. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Communication University of China, majoring in Film and Television Photography and Production (Film and Television Cinematography specialization), and obtained a graduate degree in MFA in Film Creation from the Communication University of China. Transitioning from still photography to video shooting and then to film creation, she endeavors to push the boundaries of her multidimensional capabilities and continuously explores and creates in the realm of visual imagery.

导演阐述 Director’s Statement



In this short film project, I aim to explore the power dynamics of gaze and being gazed upon through the perspective of a camera. The one holding a handheld camera is often seen as a symbol of power, while the one being observed through the viewfinder is typically subjected to being controlled. Furthermore, the stereotypical roles of “photographer” and “model” carry evident gender attributes, where the female body is captured by the camera as a photographic image and exhibited in an art exhibition, completing the process of body consumption. The male body in the film is deliberately sidelined, serving as a symbol of being overlooked. Although the physical presence of the male photographer is absent, the patriarchal society he represents remains the overarching background of the narrative, casting a shadow over the two female characters.

Additionally, I have chosen to incorporate the imagery of “sparrows” and “calico cats” as a pair of animal symbols in the short film. The animal fable of the hunting relationship between sparrows and calico cats foreshadows the conclusion of the entire story.