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Beautiful Men


杜海滨, 2005




A documentary about ‘fan chuan’(drag) performers at a bar in Chengdu. At 10 in the dark night, they are looking for comfort and joy, or the fulfillment of ‘being’ a woman. They are Beautiful Men on the stage under the shadows and out in the light.


DU Haibin is a leading independent filmmaker from China. Born in 1972 in Shaanxi, he spent his youth in Baoji and Xi’an. Du graduated from the Photography School of Beijing Film Academy in 2000. His first film Doudou (1999) documents the drifting life of a fellow young man from his hometown in a city. Beginning with this debut, DU has consistently worked at a level of stamina unusual for filmmakers of his generation by completing one documentary almost every year. His documentary Umbrella(2007)was shortlisted for the Orizzonti section at the 64th Venice International Film Festival and the Non Competition section at the 20th International Documentary Festival Amsterdam. It was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Cinéma du réel. His film 1428 (2009) won the Best Documentary award in the Orizzonti section at the 66th Venice International Film Festival.

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