DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Half Dream

Half Dream

Ten years ago they graduated together from the Beijing Academy of Fine Arts and dreamt of creative careers: in photography, graphic design, in video and installation art, in film or mixed media. The filmmaker, who subsequently left China, continued her studies in Germany and lives here today. She sets out in search of her former fellow students. What do they still have in common? How do they see their past works today? How did the urge to make art change? What is left of their dreams? What does their everyday life look like today?

In addition to asking fundamental questions about changes in creativity and inspiration, the film is also a portrait of the one-child policy generation of the 1980s, whose lives were shaped by massive economic and social upheavals and who tried to resist through their individual concepts of life. How much scope for personal (artistic) development is left – in their everyday life, from which art is gradually fading? Because the university did not teach them how to survive economically on art alone.

Frederik Lang


Original Title: Halb Traum Country: Germany Year: 2019 Language: Chinese Subtitle: English, German Runtime: 86 min. Format: DCP Color: Colour Director: Dandan Liu Producer: KHM Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln Cinematographer: Dandan Liu, Mayc Eccher, Fang Du, Shi Tou Editor: Dandan Liu Animation: Fang Du, Xingguo Liu Sound: Dandan Liu Script: Dandan Liu

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