Netherlands / China 2021, 115 min, English, Chinese and French, Hebrew & English subtitles

He was born illegally—a second child in one-child-policy China. After years of guilt and alienation, director Louis Hothothot tries to find his place in a family that seems to have moved on without him. In his travels—from the Netherlands to the big-city house in China where his middle-class parents live with his sister, from his elderly grandmother’s Chinese village to his future in-laws’ house in France—he tries to understand what had moved his parents to bring him into the world, knowing the staggering price they would pay: a heavy fine and a devastating blow to their careers and social status. The film sheds light on Chinese society from an intensely personal perspective that forces the family to divulge a painful secret but also, for the first time, offers a path toward healing.

Previous Festivals: IDFA

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Screening Schedule:
  • Fri 27.05 | 18:15 | Cinematheque 2
  • Tue 31.05 | 14:15 | Cinematheque 3
  • Fri 03.06 | 16:45 | Cinematheque 4
  • Watch Online | The film will be available From May 26th until June 5th

Louis Hothothot studied graphic design, video art and animation at the China Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing and enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts program at the Dutch Art Institute. He works as a multimedia artist combining video, visual arts, graphic design and performance.

Production: Pieter van Huijstee, Ruby Chen
Production Company: Pieter van Huystee Film, CNEX
Script: Louis Hothothot, Ester Gould
Editing: Louis Hothothot, Chris van Oers, Albert Elings
Sound Design: Ranko Paukovic
Music: Harry de Wit

Source: Pieter van Huystee Film