Archive of films Neo-Lounge / Neo-Lounge

2007, 86 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2007

Photographer Joanna Vasquez Arong, in her briskly edited feature debut shot over a lengthy period, follows the lives of certain members of the local foreign community who have become regulars at the popular Beijing club Neo-Lounge.


Photographer Joanna Vasquez Arong, in her briskly edited feature-length debut shot over an extended period of time, follows the lives of regulars at the popular Beijing club Neo-Lounge. Its clientele are primarily foreigners from all corners of the globe who decided to spend part of their life in the vibrant Chinese metropolis. The main figure captured by the director’s restless lens is the attractive Bulgarian girl Diliana who delights the clubbers with her songs during the endless parties, and vainly tries to get established as an actress. The shots and, above all, the quantity of excellent photographs, however, don’t simply record the high-spirited and faintly decadent life of the city’s foreign community, but also the character of a rapidly developing “new China”, whose dark side harbours tens of thousands of people scraping a living far away from the glittering centre of Beijing. This visually pulsating film also reveals considerable insight, a sense of the comic side to life, and conveys the affable directness of its main characters.

About the director

Joanna Vasquez Arong began making documentary films in her native Philippines. She studied at Boston university, the Institute of Political Science in France and at the London School of Economics. In 2002 she moved to Beijing where she is currently working as a freelancer. Prior to filmmaking she worked in various fields, including finance (Deutsche Bank) and economic development (United Nations, Bangkok, Beijing and New York). Neo-Lounge is the feature film debut of this rising star of Asian documentary film. Filmography: The Temple (short doc., 2005), Old Mountains, Old Shadows (short doc., 2006), Neo-Lounge (2007).


Joanna Vasquez Arong
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About the film

World premiere

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Director: Joanna Vasquez Arong
Screenplay: Joanna Vasquez Arong
Dir. of Photography: Joanna Vasquez Arong, Jakob Mader
Music: Drew Hanratty
Editor: Joanna Vasquez Arong
Producer: Joanna Vasquez Arong
Production: Strategy 613
Contact: Joanna Vasquez Arong


Joanna Vasquez Arong

Film Director

Leonardo Griglié



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