Dong made a documentary about his gay flatmate Gu to graduate from film school. Gu developed feelings for Dong as shooting brought them closer.
At university, Dong is making a documentary on Gu, his gay painter roommate for a graduation project. Gu eventually develops feelings for Dong, but is harshly rejected by Dong because he could not accept being loved by a man. Confused and angry, Dong finishes the documentary with his repressed emotions. The documentary became a huge success, but the two never talked again for 20 years.
20 years later, successful as a producer but feeling empty, Dong sets off on a journey to search for Gu. Hoping to confront his past feelings, Dong realises it’s all too late when Gu dies suddenly after meeting again for the first time.
This is a true story based on the experience of a documentary director friend (who has given consent on his story being made).
Making a documentary means getting close to your subject quickly, knowing all their secrets and vulnerabilities. Such close contact creates a false sense of familiarity which is the basis of all intimacies, from which human relationships breed. However, one may ask, are we actually friends? In the broader sense, we “use” the friendship and trust we gained to make our own art. Are such friendships still authentic?
To honour the story’s origin, we will film the first ⅓ of the film in mockumentary format. Gu and Dong’s scenes in the first 30 minutes of the film are shot from Dong’s camera, capturing their relationship from the first-person lens. Audience is actually watching Dong’s documentary, to be mesmerized and submerged into their relationship. The regular narrative begins at the film festival scene, with the height of the documentary’s success and Gu/ Dong’s relationship having already turned sour.
Graduated from University of Hong Kong with a degree in comparative literature and French, Nora LAM‘s career started in 2014, making documentaries on political movements in Hong Kong. Her award-winning feature documentary Lost in the Fumes (2017) entered dozens of international film festivals, such as International Film Festival Rotterdam, and won international awards. Her first romantic comedy web series, Love in Kwun Tong, was released in 2021 and achieved online popularity. Various feature film projects are in development.
CHONG Shuk Fong
獨立電影監製，畢業於香港演藝學院，釜山電影節亞洲學院學員。監製作品《A Curious Girl》獲2018柏林影展「新世代兒童短片」單元最佳短片特別獎，《The Cube Phantom》於2020鹿特丹影展首映。
CHONG Shuk-fong is a film producer based in Hong Kong, graduated in filmmaking from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She is an alumni of Asian Film Academy (BIFF – 2018) in producing. She has been producing films in Hong Kong and Nepal since 2015, that have been screened at various film festivals around the world including Berlinale, Rotterdam, Busan etc. and received several awards.
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