Wu Ye Chu Zou

Ben Mullinkosson
China, United States | 2023 | 90 min
Swiss Premiere
Languages : English, Mandarin
Subtitles : French, English

Lying under the construction cranes of Chengdu, Funky Town is the underground queer community’s last partying bastion in China. Soon, the club will be destroyed to make way for a metro line. In the meantime, we follow a group of young ravers, performers and lovers between hangouts and parties, through their moments of doubt, disarray, self-destruction and epiphany. An ode to transience and freedom.

When North American filmmaker Ben Mullinkosson arrived in Chengdu in 2010, he was amazed to discover a China that was radically different from the one he had imagined, with ineffable political limitations and a tenacious obsession with money. There, he fell in love with a community formed around Funky Town, the last bastion of queer and underground partying, hidden under the cranes of construction sites and about to disappear to make way for a metro. Here, people party and wander, emancipating themselves from the traumas of conventional society, whether they are ravers, drag performers, 20-year-old queer DJs, or lovers. A skater himself, Mullinkosson shares and captures with strength and affection the transience of this youth and its moments of doubt, disorientation, self-destruction and epiphany, in a suspended state of time. With The Last Year of Darkness (VdR-Pitching 2021), he delivers an ode to freedom, the portrait of an ephemeral capsule, dancing while waiting to disappear. 

 

Emilie Bujès

The Last Year of Darkness, 2023
Don't Be a Dick About it, 2018
Osama and Ayman, 2017
Gnarly in Pink, 2014
What I Hate About Myself, 2013
Among Giants, 2011
Photography
Yanqiu FeiGena Baranov
Sound
David Perlick-Molinari
Editing
Bobby Moser
Production
Sol YeAnita GouSam Intili
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