Experiencing Interruptions?

Field

“If you love freedom, don’t unveil me.”

“For here there is no place that does not see you.”

Your look has ignited a gaze, a gaze that melts into the object of the gaze, confusing the perceiver with the perceived. As particles enter us and our particles spurt out, we disentagle and radiate ourselves - flickering in fire, dispersing in water, shouting into the wind, buried in the earth, diving with fish, soaring with birds, licked by dogs, perfused with electromagnetism. They we become, and the world we thus shall be.

A chaotic field awakens four kinds of emotions that have this in common: they are full of contradictions; they are ambiguous and indeterminate; they seem real but are fictions. A man attends his classmates’ reunion at a scorchingly hot open-air barbecue stand. He is delighted to meet his first love from 20 years ago, but gives up his desire to have sex with her. A woman, anxious to see her critically ill friend, flags down a passing car, but changes her mind after an entire day of driving through the rain. A woman meets her long-time boyfriend for a tryst in a hotel room. Assailed by a fierce wind, she intends to break up with him, but does not have the strength to do it. A drunken man calls his wife from a dusty, gritty vacant lot on the outskirts of a city. He mentions death in passing, then decides to kill himself.

“We have returned there where we had never been.”

“We are in the midst of an adventure, and are forever heading towards it.”

  • Meijing Lü
    Director
    A Poet in Exile, Gu Cheng, The Doors, Field,
  • Meijing Lü
    Writer
    A Poet in Exile, Gu Cheng, The Doors,Field,
  • Yishuang Yu
    Writer
    All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, We Didn't Start The Fire,
  • Zhaoyu Li
    Producer
    Kaili Blues, Long Day's Journey Into Night, A Poet in Exile, Gu Cheng, Field,
  • Siyi Pan
    Producer
    The Night Of Full Moon, Cats on Borges' window sill, The Return, Field,
  • Meijing Lü
    Producer
    A Poet in Exile, Gu Cheng, The Doors, Field,
  • Houyao Yang
    Key Cast
    "Liu Ming "
    Minning Town, Hourglass House, Field,
  • Yiying Liu
    Key Cast
    "Yu Hong "
    The Story of Xing Fu, Field,
  • Shujie Cai
    Key Cast
    "Cao Pan"
    Rhinoceros In Love, Field,
  • Xi Le
    Key Cast
    "Wang Wei"
    A Madman's Diary, Field,
  • Nan Cui
    Key Cast
    "Zhong Ran"
    Ripples of Life, A Dog Barking at the Moon, Field,
  • Jianjun Ding
    Key Cast
    "Yang Liang"
    Everything is Unknown, Field,
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    烟消云散 (Yan Xiao Yun San)
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Fiction
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 12, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    China
  • Country of Filming:
    China
  • Language:
    Mandarin Chinese
  • Shooting Format:
    HD2K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival
    Thessaloniki
    Greece
    October 13, 2022
    greece premiere
    official competition
  • Salerno International Film Festival
    Salerno
    Italy
    November 28, 2022
    italian premiere
    official competition
  • AVIFF Cannes Art Film Festival
    Marseille
    France
    June 24, 2023
    french premiere
    official competition
Director Biography - Meijing Lü

Lü Meijing, director, screenwriter, writer, bachelor of Mathematics. She was born in China in 1988. She worked as a cultural journalist from 2011 to 2016. She has made documentaries, experimental films and short films since 2012.
From 2017 to 2022, she wrote a soft sci-fi and noir script, In the Bar of Lost Youth, which was pre-selected by Hubert Bals Fund (both Bright Future and Voices subcategories of Script and Project Development scheme) in 2018 and 2019.
Documentaries:
A Poet in Exile, Gu Cheng (2016) as Director
The Doors (2016) as Director
Short:
Field (2022) as Director

Producer’s biography
Li Zhaoyu, software engineer, independent film producer, curator of China Women’s Film Festival (2013-2015). She was born in China in 1986. She lives in Canada now.
List:
Kaili Blues (2015) as Producer
A Poet in Exile, Gu Cheng (2016) as Producer
Long Day's Journey Into Night (2018) as Overseas Producer
Field (2022) as Producer

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Director Statement

Nowadays, we are immersed in thoroughly networked over-consumption, excessively homogeneous social interactions, and a single-minded pursuit of technological capability. This transforms social life into an empty, illusory spectacle.

Nevertheless, the world of postmodern knowledge no longer has a meta-discourse. Data in principle is accessible to anyone, thereby allowing for the possibilities of a new “subjectless community”, whose membership demands no substantial commitments but transcends what we now understand as identity.

In our short film Field, we try using a new kind of inter-related, to fictionalize the existing possibilities. Persons – in their relationships with fire, water, air, earth, birds, dogs, fish, cellphones, language etc. – Regarding, or gazing becomes a way to open up the solipsist self, thereby awakening emotional experiences in different consciousnesses by means of iterations of communication that form perceptual resonance.

Every person is given to the world. From the chaos where everything infiltrates everything, thereby generating a “autopoietic areality” that exists in a probability cloud of “being-with-one-another”.

“The innermost character of salvation is that we are saved only at the point when we no longer want to be,” as Giorgio Agamben has said, “We can have hope only in what is without remedy. That things are thus and thus-this is still in the world. But that this is irreparable, that this thus is without remedy, that we can contemplate it as such-this is the only passage outside the world.”