Midi Z at IFFR
Return to Burma
At the moment, Myanmar (Burma) seems to be opening up slightly. Just before it did so, the young filmmaker Midi Z returned to his country of origin to shoot a small but remarkable film. In poor countries it’s all about money - to the point of being tragicomical.
A gangster film that doesn’t look or feel like one, but like life itself. At least, life in the lawless border area between Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand. A lively trade in drugs, young girls and other illegal things. With plenty of dreams and few winners.
Letters from the South
An omnibus film about how immigrant Chinese in Southeast Asia cling to their traditional customs, language and habits - even after centuries in a different country. Made by filmmakers with a Chinese background who have individually been regular guests in Rotterdam.
The Palace on the Sea
The lead is a richly decorated, moored ship. A man and woman meet there as if in another time and place.
A fascinating documentary, shot in the mountainous north of Burma. No filmmaker is welcome there, because, against the background of a civil war, the jade miners enter the deserted mines illegally. With the aid of filming locals, however, Midi Z was able to compile this portrait. Getting rich quick turns out to be hard and risky work.
The Road to Mandalay
Powerful drama about the tragic love between two illegal immigrants from Myanmar in Bangkok. In a very troubling scene, Midi Z ingeniously shows how Lianqing’s boundless ambition to acquire some status drives her to an act of desperation, while Guo's confrontation with this harsh way of life slowly drives him crazy.
The Making of [5x1]
360-degree film depicts the shooting of a film in a film, on the set of #MeToo drama Nina Wu.