Filmmaker takes time to know the ‘real China’
By Yao Min-G and Elin Joensson | March 27, 2015, Friday
Dominique Othenin-Girard (center) with his Chinese students during a documentary course in Beijing in February
WHEN Swiss/French filmmaker Dominique Othenin-Girard took his friends for a recent hutong tour in Beijing, they were warmly greeted with tea by local residents, who were pleasantly surprised to see the director’s return to the neighborhood.
“It was a real authentic hutong, with no toilet in the house,” he tells Shanghai Daily. “I had to use public toilets when I lived there. I was the only foreigner there, among many migrant workers.”
Last year, the director, best known for movies like “Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers” and “After Darkness,” spent three months in that hutong, and another six in Shanghai. He wanted to better understand China and its people, write film scripts and host workshops. With such experience, he is now working on a variety of China-related projects including a horror story set in the country.
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