The Chinese project has been selected at the DMZ Docs Pitch in South Korea, and will take part in the IDFA Industry Program 2021 with tailor-made consultations and mentorship.
Set in the hutongs (narrow streets) of Beijing, the film follows Li Eryang, the leader of a bunch of young people who believe in communism and often gather together, drinking, playing music and discussing their ideals day and night. They call their base “Republic”.
"In a small room of five square meters, we see the drama unfold in the life of group of outcast youngsters and their hippie leader in Beijing. Through his intimate camerawork, director Jiang Jin becomes part of this community and captures their comings and goings. With their lifestyle they break with society and their families, while at the same time upholding the communist ideals in their own small community," says Deputy Director of IDFA and Managing Director of the IDFA Bertha Fund Isabel Arrate Fernandez, who picked the project at DMZ.
"This award strengthens my resolve to follow the road I'm taking," says Jin, whose film One Day world-premiered last year in the IDFA Competition for Short Documentary.
Republic, Jin's third feature-length documentary, is being produced by the director and Jia Ru. The project is in the editing stage and expected to be finished in March 2022.
This was the second year in a row that IDFA gave out its Spotlight Award at DMZ Docs Pitch, where 16 Korean and international projects were presented to key industry players, including commissioning editors, funders, and broadcasters. Earlier this year, IDFA took part in a preparatory workshop for Korean projects with international appeal.