New Directors/New Films 2014: Trap Street
28 Mar 2014 - 29 Mar 2014
Directed by Vivian Qu. Notions of surveillance and observation are turned inside out in Trap Street
, producer Vivian Qu’s first turn as a director. While surveying city streets for a digital-mapping company, engineer Qiuming catches sight of Lifen, a beautiful young woman. Immediately smitten, he follows her to a street that doesn’t appear on any map or even a GPS. In between his other gigs—installing security cameras, sweeping hotel rooms for electronic bugs—he tries to get to know this alluring stranger. And he does—sort of. But as he tries to learn more about her, events take on disturbing overtones, and the mystery, as well as the paranoia, deepens from there. Noir in tone, and a great representation of the newest generation of Chinese filmmakers, Trap Street
is a bold story of who is really watching who that, while firmly embedded in the current cultural context of China, could happen to any one of us. 94 min.
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