Open City Documentary Festival

The Choice + Q&A

Gu Xue, 2019
Previous Festivals & Awards
Cinéma du Réel Film Festival
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Nominated for the Emerging Filmmaker Award

Gu Xue is a Manchurian-descendant filmmaker and curator. She received her Master of Arts from the Communication University of China. She is also co-founder of the Inner Mongolia Youth Film Week. Her documentary The Choice was shortlisted for international competition unit of the 42nd Cinéma du Réel Film Festival.

As their aunt sits on life-support in intensive care, a family gathers to discuss her condition and plan the next steps. There is little chance of recovery, yet decisions must still be made. Over the course of a single, hour-long unbroken take, Gu Xue silently and expertly observes the family discuss the fifth aunt’s fate and argue over who will be responsible—financially and practically—for her continued care. A chamber play in one act, The Choice is a quietly gripping, anthropologically-attuned drama examining the complex dynamics, hierarchies and internal conflicts of a Chinese family living through its darkest hour.

UK Premiere

Screens with: Summer Is Gone [Audio]
Ping Zhao | 2019 | UK | 5”

Screening includes a Q&A with director Gu Xue, hosted by Carol-Mei Barker.

In partnership with Chinese Visual Festival.

Read a essay about The Choice by Phoebe Chen.

Available: Block 1 (Wed 9th Sept midday – Sat 12th Sept midnight BST)

Please note: this film is only available to view in the UK.