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.
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.
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.