Chinese cinema gets its hipster-slacker groove on in this droll tale of a Beijing film school student on an ambling road trip. Selected, Cannes 2020.
The debut feature by Cannes short film prize-winner Wei Shujun follows the picaresque adventures of Kun. The mullet-topped youth isn’t sure if he’s a rebel and if he has a cause. A disruptive influence in class, Kun begins wondering what life is all about when working on the graduate film of a pretentious Wong Kar Wai wannabee. The answer? Buy a broken down, smoke-belching Jeep from a shonky used car salesman – “The more you hit the road the wilder you get,” he says – and head to the promise of freedom and fulfilment in Inner Mongolia. With nods to Kevin Smith and Jim Jarmusch, Wei’s wry, autobiographical comic drama paints a sharp picture of restless Chinese youth caught between free-market dreams and restrictive realities.