After the death of his wife, a Christian film-maker loses his faith and enters the Chinese art scene in the search for concepts of “missing” and “lacking”. Embedded in this fictional narrative framework, Han Tao collects interviews with numerous contemporary Chinese intellectuals: from human rights activist Hu Jia and the poets Yu Xinqiao and Dao Zi to a whistleblower and a body poetry artist. In this fashion, he assembles a kaleidoscope of dissidents who give an impression of the intellectual climate – and of what’s missing. This film is part of the special series “Chinese Independent Cinema”.
Han Tao (*1979) born in Laiwu, in Shandong province. Lives and works as an artist, director, publisher and curator in Beijing. He also teaches at Qufu University. His works have been exhibited in many Asian countries, Europe and South America. The Missing is his third full-length film.
People's Republic of China
OV with English subtitles
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Beijing Yongsheng Taihe Film & Television Media Co., Ltd