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The Last Year of Darkness

The Last Year of Darkness

午夜出走
Benjamin Mullinkosson
China, United States
2023
95 min
Dutch Premiere
Best of Fests
Synopsis

Funky Town is one of the last safe and free places in Chengdu for free-spirited young adults. But that’s about to change, because the expansion of the subway means the club, which is already surrounded by a construction site, will have to go. The Last Year of Darkness captures the lives of a handful of regulars in scenes that switch from the lyrical to the intensely real.

These twenty-something clubbers are queer, performance artists, DJs—outsiders of every kind. They plod through the days to show off their true splendor at night. Most of their conversations are about trying to find—or create—a place for themselves in the oppressive society around them.

We follow these young adults from the bleak daytime realities of money worries, family arguments and uncertainties, to euphoria in the darkness. In stroboscopic quick-cut scenes set to uplifting techno beats, we see the clubbers coming to life and dancing, flirting, kissing, drinking, smoking—till the inevitable moment when their dream world meets the shock of reality.

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Credits
95 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Chinese, English
Director
    Benjamin Mullinkosson
    Benjamin Mullinkosson
Production
    Sol Ye for Tiny Volcano Studio,
    Anita Gou for Kindred Spirit,
    Sam Intili for Kindred Spirit
    Sol Ye for Tiny Volcano Studio,
    Anita Gou for Kindred Spirit,
    Sam Intili for Kindred Spirit
Executive producer
    Jenifer Westphal for Wavelength Productions,
    Joe Plummer for Wavelength Productions,
    Jerad Anderson,
    Natasha Seubert,
    Robina Riccitello,
    Jennifer Pritzker
    Jenifer Westphal for Wavelength Productions,
    Joe Plummer for Wavelength Productions,
    Jerad Anderson,
    Natasha Seubert,
    Robina Riccitello,
    Jennifer Pritzker
Co-production
    Caroline Clark,
    Casey Homovich
    Caroline Clark,
    Casey Homovich
Cinematography
    Yanqiu Fei,
    Gennady Baranov
    Yanqiu Fei,
    Gennady Baranov
Editing
    Bobby Moser
    Bobby Moser
Screening copy
    Tiny Volcano Studio
    Tiny Volcano Studio
Distribution
    MUBI.COM
    MUBI.COM

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