Yi Yu Wei Zhi (Germany,China)
April 24 May 2 2020

Transit Circle

Yi Yu Wei Zhi

  • Stephan Knauss


Hanqi and her friends drift through the suburban area of Hangzhou. Strolling through the concrete and neon-lit landscape of the city, they experience the transformations it undergoes daily. As they drift night after night, they become the living interface of a metamorphosis that cannot be perceived or understood if not by becoming part of it. Thus, Hanqi and her friends catch fleeting glimpses of beauty in an environment that most people would only perceive as alienating, hostile or cold. Like an ambient composition by Brian Eno or Philip Glass, the film moves through minimal variations, completely immersed in its nocturnal beat. Space becomes time. A film like a poem; a coming-of-age movie that escapes all the known clichés. Stephan Knauss proves that he is one of the filmmakers to watch closely in the next future. The way he handles and organizes all the elements of his extremely beguiling work are irrefutable proof for it. Transit Circle is a sensorial ambient film that displays flair and creativity. 
Giona A. Nazzaro
Length: 40'
Country: Germany, China
Year: 2019
Language(s): Chinese, Chinese Regional Dialects
Premiere status at VdR: World Premiere
VdR edition : 2019


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Language(s):  Chinese, Chinese Regional Dialects
Subtitles:  English, French
  • Thursday 11 April
  • 18:45

Followed by a discussion

  • Friday 12 April
  • 14:00