CHINA | 2022 | 33min | Sci-Fi, Sports
Director: ZHU Xin
Screenwriter: ZHU Xin
Executive Producer: WANG Hongwei
Chief Creative Executive: Nanpai Sanshu
Presenter/General Producer: YE Fangchang
Producer: HU Tianhe, HE Chaoqqun, ZHAO Jin
Leading Actor: LIU Tianqi
Starring: XU Yongqiang, Jean-Louis Ousmane Diop
Adapted from the novel THE LEOPARD MAN by Wang Jinkang
If science could accurately predict human performance, would the charm of sports still persist? Our protagonist, orphan athlete Marat is a determined believer in the Olympic spirit, but when his icon is testified as genetically modified, his faith is shattered though he becomes a new hero who evokes people’s craze for athletic sports.
In such a sci-fi setting, OLYMPIC is a sports thriller that contemplates the complicated relation between the potential of humanity and technological progress. Running, is a gesture with ambiguity — to pursue, or to flee?
Warsaw International Film Festival 2022
Short Films Competition
2022 Beijing International Short Film Festival
Official Selection - Chinese Competition
2022 NOWNESS Talents Project
Best Director Award
2022 HiShorts Short Film Festival
ZHU Xin, born in June, 1996, graduated from China Academy of Art in 2018. His debut feature, VANISHING DAYS(2018), was selected to Berlinale Forum, Busan International Film Festival New Currents, and screened at more than 30 international film festivals, including Hong Kong, Taipei, Marrakech, Sofia and Vienna.
He is now preparing for his second feature, WHO IS SLEEPING ON MY PILLOW, which was selected by Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum 2019, Award WU Tianming Film Fund for Young Talents 2019 and Rotterdam’s CineMart 2020, which made the only project from China in 2020. It was also awarded Project of the Year by Zhejiang Youth Film Festival – New Directors. In addition, ZHU Xin and his collaborators’ installation artwork, WEST LAKE COLLECTION is on exhibition at CAA Art Museum.