New Releases


Directed by Hao Wu

China, 2018, 1h 35min, DCP, In Mandarin with English subtitles

New Releases

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“The ability of “People’s Republic of Desire” to show these familiar desires playing out in futuristic surroundings is invariably surprising and never less than compelling.”- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“Bleak, fascinating… the techno-dystopian future is now.” – Katie Rife, AV Club

“Provocative and unsettling.” – Joe Leydon, Variety

In this highly acclaimed new documentary, a real-life Black Mirror story, two live streamers seek fame, fortune and human connection in China’s digital idol-making universe, ultimately finding the same promises and perils online as in their real lives. PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE, immerses us in a technological dimension of post-reality that feels alarmingly like dystopian sci-fi landscapes imagined by authors and filmmakers of decades past.



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