Film premiere: The Cloud in Her Room


From 11 September 2020




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Film premiere: The Cloud in Her RoomFilm premiere: The Cloud in Her Room


Muzi, 22, returns to her native Hangzhou to spend the Chinese New Year with her family and take on old social roles for the time being—that of the daughter, sister, and lover. She meets a strange man who awakens memories of her past relationships. Garage Screen presents the Moscow premiere of the experimental Chinese drama that has won the main competition of this year’s International Film Festival Rotterdam. The Cloud in Her Room was also awarded the main competition’s Grand Prix at the inaugural New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival “for the masterfully designed depiction of Hangzhou from an unexpected angle.”

Xinyuan Zheng Lu’s feature-length debut infiltrates the tradition of Chinese socialist realism with the free spirit of the new wave. Her unexpected experimentations with form and structure, spontaneous associations, and bold introduction of documentary elements do not destroy the film’s subjective integrity. Doubles and scenes mirroring each other that are not always easy to comprehend, experimental inserts—everything in the movie is set to create an utterly personal story of a representative of her generation.

Stuck in limbo, suspended between the past and the future in a city which is, at once, so distant and so close. Muzi tries to find her identity and move forward. This is a first-person story, but also a voluminous collective portrait of China’s twenty-something generation, pictured from an angle previously unknown to us. A genuine breakthrough in contemporary Chinese cinema, The Cloud in Her Room is the winner of the main competition at the 2020 International Film Festival Rotterdam.

The film will be screened in Chinese and English with Russian subtitles.

The Cloud in Her Room
Dir. Xinyuan Zheng Lu
Hong Kong, China, 2020. 101 min. 18+


New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival is a platform for new and daring cinema whose mission is to support original creative expression and to amplify new voices internationally. The festival was established in 2019 in St. Petersburg. It was marked by a large-scale three-day preview, during which over 50,000 people visited New Holland Island. The president of the festival is Alexander Rodnyansky, the program director is Alexey Artamonov, and Andrey Kartashov is the curator of the short competition. The festival is organized by the team of the New Holland: Cultural Urbanization project.


Standard: 350 rubles
Student: 250 rubles*


 GARAGE cardholders: 175 RUB**

Tickets for seniors, veterans, large families, under 18s, and visitors with disabilities (with one carer): 175 RUB**

We recommend that you buy tickets in advance. All ticket categories are available online.

* Students aged 18–25 on production of relevant ID
** Please show proof of eligibility at the cinema entrance