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Self-Portrait: Fairy Tale in 47KM

Country: China
Year: 2021
Duration: 109'
Projection format: DCP
Colour: Colour
Language: Chinese
Direction: Mengqi Zhang
Cinematographer: Mengqi Zhang, Hong Fang, Qixuan Ding
Editor: Mengqi Zhang
Sound: Mengqi Zhang
Production: Mengqi Zhang

Selected filmography: Self-Portrait: Fairy Tale in 47KM (2021), Self-Portrait: Window in 47KM (2019), Zi Hua Xiang: 47 Gong Li Si Fen Ke Si (2018), Self-Portrait: Sphinx in 47KM (2017), Self-Portrait: Dreaming at 47KM (2013), Self Portrait: At 47KM (2012), Self-Portrait With Three Women (2011).

Spanish premiere 


What is in a self-portrait? For the last ten years, Mengqi Zhang, the young dancer, choreographer and filmmaker from China, has been shooting films that embody this idea in their names. Nine of the ten films that she has made were shot in the village that is home to her father and grandfather, "KM 47", a place to which she returns each winter. Her self-portraits seek the answers to all her questions in others. Her films have focussed on her mother, grandmother, elderly inhabitants of the village and their recollections of the great famine of 59, on death, birth, children and their desires. Her idea of identity is progressively traced between memory (geographical, historical and family) and her specific acts, something she brings with her to the village each winter and which after such a long time has started to change the landscape (knowledge of the cinema, dance, a public library and a monument to those who died during the famine, among other things). In Self-portrait: Fairy Tale in 47KM Mengqi wants to build a house on a hill, a cultural place to dance, read, draw and make films. She is accompanied by a group of girls who get together to think about what the house should be like and what it should hold. The girls already know many secrets of filming. They have their own techniques for staging and acting, and these are used to record the whole process. Some act as comedians, others as drivers, teachers, dancers. All are filmmakers. A film in which the first person charmingly dissolves into all these characters and into a historical memory to come, one that takes any shape that these girls may wish.

Lucía Salas

Promoted by
Gobierno de Navarra
Organized by
With the aid of
Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes AudiovisualesAcción Cultural EspañolaPlan de Recuperación, Transformación y ResilienciaFinanciado por la Unión Europea. NexGenerationEU
With the support of
Ayuntamiento de PamplonaCentro de Arte Contemporáneo de HuarteFundación Caja NavarraGoethe InstitutCanadá InternationalCasa ÁrabeCineteca MadridAsociación de Mujeres Cineastas y de Medios AudiovisualesInstitut FrançaisEmbajada de Portugal en MadridCamões - Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua Portugal
Member of
PantallaIberofestLa MestaThe Red Balloon
Filmoteca de Navarra
Museo Oteiza
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola
Festival de Cine Africano FCAT
Festival Scope
Centre Cinématographique Marocain
Hotel Tres Reyes
Hotel Maisonave
Cineteca Bologna
The Film Foundation
World Cinema Project
Cinemateca Portuguesa
Radio 3
Filmoteca Española
Festivals in Navarre
Punto de Vista
NIFF - Navarra International Film Festival
Navarra, tierra de cine
Ópera Prima
CTL 59
#LabMeCrazy! Science Film Festival
Festival de Cine y Dentistas
Horror Online Art
FICBE (Festival Internacional de Cortos de Berriozar)
FAN, Festival de Anime de Navarra
Lo que viene
Muestra de cine español
Filmmaking for social change
Muestra Internacional de Cine y Mujeres de Pamplona

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