WHAT’S IT ABOUT: This “semi-autobiographical” film follows Chinese immigrant Ricky as he falls for Pascal a Swiss pickpocket living in Switzerland. When Pascal suddenly dies, Ricky returns to Switzerland haunted by his memory and eager to find his lost soul. During his quest, Ricky discovers Ueli, a Swiss man who is a dead ringer for Pascal. But has Ricky re-discovered his old love or simply found a sad substitute to prolong his heartbreak?
WHO’S THE DIRECTOR?: Openly gay Hong Kong native Kit Hung studied film, video, and new media production in Hong Kong and Chicago and has since made transnational queer films financed by Hong Kong, American, Swiss, and French grants. Universities in Canada and Hong Kong use his 2001 graduate film I Am Not What You Want as material in cultural studies to challenge preconceptions about homosexual masculinity and queer acceptance across national borders.
WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: China’s expanding economic influence and the emerging push for Chinese gay rights makes Hung’s subject matter germane, especially when combined with his modern aesthetic. He films scenes upside down, overlaps and blurs footage, put multiple scenes into the same shot, and loops audio to convey the troubled mind of his characters. Plus, since I Am Not What You Want and Soundless Wind Chime both feature a main character named Ricky, it will be interesting to see whether Hung follows Ricky into other autobiographical films about his transnational love.