Our final screening with LMFF is a very special cinematic treat: Lam Can-zhao's The Dog.
But first, some background! In the past two decades more than 220 million people migrated within China, from the countryside to the fast-growing cities on the coast. This represents the biggest migration flow in human history.
This bold debut feature follows the journey of an abandoned pup as he is taken under the care of various working class migrants, from an apprentice Buddhist monk to a family-run drug operation.
Shot right on Guangzhou streets, with a tiny crew, non-professional actors and no budget, The Dog is an exemplary piece of truly fresh & independent filmmaking. Its restrained, contemplative style offers a rare and immersive insight into the lives of Chinese migrants, and has been compared to the early work of Jia Zhangke and Chantal Akerman. All the more impressive, considering its director was only 20 at the time.
Director Lam Can-Zhao leads a small film crew as they shoot a film about a stray dog in the streets of Guangzhou, leading viewers into an unpredictable, peculiar and incredible journey.
dir. Lam Can-zhao, China. 88min