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Paragate

Paragate

Jialai Wang
Belgium
2023
72 min
World Premiere
Envision Competition
Synopsis

From Belgium, Jialai Wang maintains contact via smartphone and camera with her mother and grandmother in China. When her grandmother’s health deteriorates, Jialai returns to Shanghai, but when she arrives, her grandmother has already died, and she is left alone with her mother. A devout Buddhist, her mother seems to pay more attention to her daily prayers, Maoist past and dog Dongdong than she does to her daughter. She herself had been abandoned as a child by her own mother, when she divorced Jialai’s grandfather and moved to the city.

The first half of Paragate (Sanskrit for “gone to the other shore”) is chiefly composed of shots of cracked smartphone screens and picture-in-picture video, as Jialai communicates with China from Europe. In the second part, Jialai also observes the people and events in the neighborhood where she grew up. She thus captures both life and death, the domestic and the public, in a poignant portrait of three generations of women who seem to have had little regard for one another, but still try to offer each other support.

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Credits
72 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Chinese
Director
    Jialai Wang
    Jialai Wang
Production
    Julie Frères for Dérives
    Julie Frères for Dérives
Co-production
    CBA,
    GSARA
    CBA,
    GSARA
Cinematography
    Jialai Wang
    Jialai Wang
Editing
    Clarisse Decroyer
    Clarisse Decroyer
Sound
    Jialai Wang
    Jialai Wang
Sound Design
    Valentin Mazingarbe
    Valentin Mazingarbe
World Sales
    CBA
    CBA
Screening copy
    CBA
    CBA

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