THE FOURTH WALL- -
LIU Lu is leading a dreary and seemingly mundane life, working at a deer breeding farm. A friend, MA Hai, keeps trying in vain to win her affections. It’s as if she’s isolating and banishing herself from any kind of human warmth or love. MA Hai confesses he knows another LIU Lu and another himself in a ‘parallel world’. The more she learns about the other ‘her’, the more LIU Lu uncovers about the long suppressed memories from her past.
LIU Lu is leading a dreary and seemingly mundane life, working at a deer breeding farm.
ZHANG Chong: Countless people have been trying to break the “fourth wall” since its birth during the 19th century. These endeavors played an important role in transforming stage drama into a popular art. The film THE FOURTH WALL also tries to break that wall – the wall that stands between us and our lives, memories and future.
* The fourth wall is a performance convention in theater in which an invisible, imagined wall separates actors from the audience. While the audience can see through this “wall”, the convention assumes, the actors act as if they cannot. The concept is usually attributed to the philosopher, critic and dramatist Denis Diderot.
ZHANG Bo: As we travelled with the crew to Africa for the shooting, we got deeply moved when facing the primal earth. Everything seemed unreal, we were stunned by the beauty and our anxiety vanished. That experience was magic, it changed us, so we created this story, that tries to help people overcome their psychological barriers.