Archive of films Chinaman / Kinamand
Denmark / China
2005, 88 min
Section: Official Selection - Competition
A true melodrama relating what happens when a 45-year-old Dane, whose wife has left him, accepts an offer from the owner of a Chinese bistro to marry his younger sister when deportation threatens.
After 25 years of marriage, plumber Keld’s wife decides to leave him as she’s fed up with the lethargy of his body and soul. The tight-lipped man suddenly finds himself faced with a difficult task — to overcome the apathy that has thoroughly taken over his deserted apartment. Chance leads him to a Chinese bistro where he gets to know the owner, Feng, and his extensive family. A few weeks later, his new friend Feng asks Keld to perform a service for which he will receive fitting financial compensation: marry Feng’s younger sister and thereby allow her to remain in Denmark. Today, the word ‘melodrama’ sounds rather old-fashioned, but Henrik Ruben Genz’s second feature proves that the genre can be successfully employed without resorting to soul-wrenching histrionics. The narration’s subtle and suggestive execution is aided by the taciturn intensity of the main stars’ performances. Keld’s disarming emotional ineptness is in quiet harmony with the charming frailty of the Chinese woman, played by Vivian Wu, star of Greenaway’s The Pillow Book.
About the director
Henrik Ruben Genz (b. 1959, Gram, Denmark) graduated in 1995 from the National Film School of Denmark. In that same year, Cross Roads (Omveje) won Best Film and Screenplay at the Munich International Film School Festival. Of his documentaries and short dramatic films the most successful has been Theis & Nico (Bror, min bror, 1998), which brought him an Oscar nomination and a Glass Bear at Berlin. Genz’s first feature, Someone Like Hodder (En som Hodder, 2003) was honoured by the juries of several festivals, including Chicago, London, Poznań and Zlín.
About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Section:||Official Selection - Competition|
|Director:||Henrik Ruben Genz|
|Screenplay:||Kim Fupz Aakeson|
|Dir. of Photography:||Sebastian Makker Blenkov|
|Production:||Fine & Mellow Productions A/S|
|Cast:||Bjarne Henriksen, Vivian Wu, Lin Kun Wu, Paw Henriksen, Charlotte Fich|
|Contact:||Danish Film Institute, Nordisk Film International Sales|
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