Zhang Lu – The shadowless Tower #Berlinale2023

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Zhang Lu describes life under the shadow of the White Pagoda in vibrant Bejing.

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PODCAST | Chiara Nicoletti interviews Zhang Lu, director of the film The Shadowless Tower.

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For The Shadowless Tower, his latest film in competition at the 73rd Berlinale, Zhang Lu goes back to his city in Bejing, under the shadow of the White Pagoda that always remains the same, to narrate the life of a middle aged food critic in the middle of a life crisis. The director tells us how the film is at the same time about a love story, father son story and a journey through a moment in life in which one feels directionless.

The Shadowless Tower: Gu Wentong, a middle-aged food critic, is drifting through the local eateries of vibrant Beijing with his younger photographer colleague Oyang. A divorcé with a 6-year-old daughter and estranged from his father for decades, he is looking for a new perspective on life while reconsidering his failings as a father, a son, and a lover. While the seasons come and go, people get together and move apart. Only one thing will remain the same: The White Pagoda where they all meet sooner or later..

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  • Reporter
    Chiara Nicoletti
  • Guest
    Zhang Lu
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    The Shadowless Tower
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