Cannes Film Festival

Wu Ke-xi – Nina Wu #Cannes2019

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Writing a genre film that becomes a #Metoo manifesto for women out there: Wu Ke-xi on becoming Nina Wu.

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PODCAST| Chiara Nicoletti interviews Wu Ke-xi, actress and scriptwriter of the film Nina Wu.

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When you write a film and you’re also the absolute protagonist of that story, that movie becomes way more than a film, it feels like your baby who just jumped into the world: That’s the feeling Wu Ke-xi perceived on the night of Nina Wu‘s premiere screening at the 72 Festival de Cannes in Un Certain Regard. Directed by Midi Z, the film sees Wu Ke-xi as the protagonist, an actress struggling with the psychological side effects of a demanding role. Wu Ke-xi stars in a film that uses the genre and its smart metaphors to depict the gender equality and sexual harassment issues women and artists are facing today so that Nina Wu becomes a #Metoo manifesto.

Nina Wu: After eight years toiling in bit-parts, aspiring actress Nina Wu finally gets her big break with a leading role in a spy thriller set in the 1960s. The part is challenging, not least because it calls for full nudity and explicit sex scenes, and the film’s director is often hard on her. But both the industry and the press are confident that the results are sensationally good. On the brink of triumph, though, Nina’s psychological resolve begins to crack. She rushes back to her family home to deal with two crises: her father’s business has gone bankrupt and her mother has suffered a heart attack. She dreams of rekindling a close relationship with her childhood friend Kiki but is haunted by paranoid fantasies that a mysterious woman is stalking and attacking her. As Nina clings to memories of happier times, it seems that there is one crucial memory that she is repressing…

To discover more about the film, click here.

  • Reporter
    Chiara Nicoletti
  • Guest
    Wu Ke-xi
  • Interviewee role
    Actress, scriptwriter
  • Film title
    Nina Wu
  • Festival section
    Un Certain Regard
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