ZHANG Lu (1962, China) is an ethnic Chinese living in Korea, like the main character of his film Grain in Ear (2004). He studied Chinese literature at Yanbian University in Yanji, eastern China. Zhang began his career as a writer of novels and short stories. His directorial debut was the short film Eleven (2000). Zhang was awarded Best Direction for Grain in Ear at the Durban Film Festival in 2007 and earned Best Director for Gyeongju (2014) at the Korean Association of Film Critics Awards. A Quiet Dream (2016) is his eleventh feature-length film.
[please note for the Dutch: Zhang is Chinese, living in Korea= JB]
Zhang Lu at IFFR
Stand up, don't grovel!
Social satire plays with today's themes: nouveau riche, the declining power of the Party and a flabby intellectual class.
Grain in Ear
A poor Chinese-Korean mother whose husband is in jail makes friends with a cop and has an affair with a married man. Then things look up for her life, until the men betray her. She takes a terrible revenge. Prizewinner in Cannes.
A Quiet Dream
Three odd friends each – unsuccessfully – vie for the attentions of bar owner Yeri, who also cares for her paralysed father. This charming, melancholy tragicomedy that features leading roles for two former Tiger Award winners was the surprise opening film at the prestigious Busan festival.