Jianjie

Caught between two worlds, Jianjie finds peace after an unexpected friendship. However, she soon discovers her friend is not who she thought she was.

  • Nicole Chen
    Director
  • Nicole Chen
    Writer
  • Nicole Chen
    Producer
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    简婕
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 16, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    New Zealand
  • Country of Filming:
    New Zealand
  • Language:
    Chinese, English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Norwich Radical Film Festival
    Norwich
    United Kingdom
    August 26, 2016
    U.K.
Director Biography - Nicole Chen

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Nicole Chen has studied TV, Film & media at University of Auckland for two professional years and has become a procurement professional for 5 years after. Later in her career, she discovered that her passion for film has never reduced. Therefore, she took a one-year diploma course in Filmmaking at SAE Institute Auckland and 'Jianjie' is the very first short film that is written, directed and acted by her.

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Director Statement

This is a tale of extreme loneliness and distance between a person and society, through the strain of a foreigner's consciousness. I think everyone is having an identity crisis, all the time. So you don't have to be an immigrant to connect with the film. Regardless where you are from, what you do, who you are, as long as you have a taste of loneliness, lost, distance to others, losing oneself, depression, or suffering from mental illness... This film will talk to you. It may make no sense until the very last frame, but every word in this film connects to you, it's very personal.

In the 80s, China's economic reform and the one child policy completely changed the values of the Chinese. For the people who were born in the 80s, to them tradition is blurry; no truth can be pursued, nor can they devote themselves to their own ambitions, they can only trust their feelings. With the influence from the western culture, freedom, both mentally and physically is the only religion. However, it is a vague concept. Equality and respect has become a luxury due to the one child policy, low social security and the Chinese filial piety.

JianJie - a ‘product’ of this particular era – is lonely, anxious and perplexed. A ghostly girl silently walks alone in a foreign country. With a pure picture, dim light, plaintive music and casual monologue, it seems that she is looking for her incomplete nightmare in the dark, and searching for the missing parts in herself.