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Nina Wu

Director: Midi Z
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The film helps expose elements of the #MeToo movement by featuring the journey of an aspiring actress and the pressures and harrowing challenges she faces in order to reach her goal.
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2019/ Taiwan - Malaysia - Myanmar103 min/ Drama, Thriller
Original Title
Zhuo Ren Mi Mi
SYNOPSIS
After eight years toiling in bit-parts, aspiring actress Nina Wu finally gets her big break with a leading role in a spy thriller set in the 1960s. On the brink of triumph, though, Nina’s psychological resolve begins to crack. She rushes back to her family home to deal with two crises: her father’s business has gone bankrupt and her mother has suffered a heart attack.
CAST
WU Ke-xi
SUNG Yu-hua
HSIA Yu-chiao
SHIH Ming-shuai
CREW
Screenwriter: WU Ke-xi
Midi Z
DOP: Florian J. E. ZINKE (BVK)
Editor: Matthieu Laclau
TSAI Yann-shan
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Production Company(ies)
Seashore Image Productions
Harvest 9 Road Entertainment
Producer(s)
LIN Sheng-wen
Molly FANG
Claudia TSENG
Andi LIM
film festivals
Cannes Film Festival, France
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, Taiwan
Malaysia Golden Global Awards, Malaysia
Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, Spain
TOKYO FILMeX, Japan
Transatlantyk Festival – Łódź, Poland
Taiwan Film Festival in Sydney, Australia
Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore
Pingyao International Film Festival (PYIFF), China
Film Festival Cologne, Germany
Stockholm International Film Festival, Sweden
Busan International Film Festival, South Korea
Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia
IndieBo - Festival de Cine Independiente de Bogotá, Colombia
New Zealand International Film Festival, New Zealand
Geneva International Film Festival (GIFF), Switzerland
Across Asia Film Festival, Italy
Chennai International Film Festival (CIFF), India
Five Flavours Film Festival, Poland
Kolkata International Film Festival, India
Cineuropa Film Festival, Spain
London East Asia Film Festival, UK
Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest, Romania
Philadelphia Film Festival, USA
São Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil
QCinema International Film Festival, Philippines
Filmekimi, Turkey
Asiatica - Encounters with Asian Cinema, Italy
Bergen International Film Festival (BIFF), Norway
Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy, Finland
Pacific Meridian - Vladivostok International Film Festival (VIFF), Russia
Brussels International Film Festival, Belgium
Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA
Bratislava International Film Festival – Febiofest, Slovakia
Prague International Film Festival – Febiofest, Czech Republic
Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF), USA
Festival of Tolerance – JFF Zagreb, Croatia
London Lesbian Film Festival, Canada
AL ESTE Film Festival, Perú
film awards
Best Sound Effects at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, Taiwan
Audience Choice Award at the Malaysia Golden Global Awards, Malaysia
New Visions Award - Special Mention at the Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, Spain
Grand Prize at the TOKYO FILMeX, Japan
Quotes
"Wu has drawn upon her own experiences as a young and vulnerable actress within the film and television industries for a story which gives a powerful account of the post-traumatic stress suffered by the victims of powerful and unscrupulous industry insiders." Wendy Ide - ScreenDaily
"Wu Kexi turns in a rivetingly brittle, vulnerable performance, navigating her own co-written script with absolute conviction, while Midi Z, formerly best known for works of social realism, luxuriates in ornamenting this psychodrama with hyperstylized noir flourishes." Jessica Kiang - Variety
"There can be little doubt that Wu herself was the driving force behind telling this story, which has the air of an exposé; everything about it speaks of wrenching personal experience." Todd McCarthy - The Hollywood Reporter
"Taiwanese director Midi Z presents a thoroughly harrowing reminder of the devastation of unchecked power in his new film Nina Wu." Ben Mcdonald - Cineccentric
"Florian Zinke’s slow-moving camerawork and Lim Giong’s haunting soundtrack help build the suspense that makes seeing Nina Wu a gripping experience." Clarence Tsui - South China Morning Post