UFO in her Eyes
by Xiaolu Guo
One very hot afternoon, the life of an anonymous Chinese village woman abruptly changes when she believes that she has just witnessed a UFO flying through the sky. The village chief takes advantage of this unexpected event to boost the poverty-stricken local economy – to stimulate tourism, get government support, and even make contact with the USA. Under a scrutinizing police eye, a collective portrait unfolds ...
Partly inspired by Kafka’s ”The Metamorphosis”, and Kurosawa’s ”Rashomon”, the film portrays the lives of ordinary individuals dealing with radical political
changes in a chaotic contemporary Chinese society.
Filmmaker and novelist Xiaolu Guo, born 1973 in China, studied film at Beijing Film Academy and the UK National Film School. She has published 7 novels and a book of poetry and has directed several documentaries.
Her most popular novel “A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary For Lovers" (2007, Random House) was translated into 23 languages, her other novels include ”Twenty Fragments Of A Ravenous Youth”. Her first feature film SHE, A CHINESE was awarded with the Golden Leopard in Locarno 2009 and is currently distributed in various countries. Her upcoming feature – based on her latest novel “Ufo In Her Eyes” – is a surreal, Kafkaesque political metaphor about how a rural Chinese village is radically transformed due to an alleged UFO sighting, and this parable of change paints a restless future, not only for rural China, but also for the entire world.
Filmography as screenwriter and director
2011 UFO in her eyes (feature film)
2009 Once upon a time a proleta rian (documentary)
2009 She, a Chinese (feature film)
2008 We went to Wonderland (documentary)
2006 How is your fish today? (doc-fiction)
2004 The Concrete Revolution (documentary)
Y. Peng Liu
Format: 35mm / 24 fps / 1:2,35 cinemascope / colour / Dolby Digital
Length: 110 min.
Original Language: Mandarin, English