Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Nina Wu


Year: 2019
Run Time: 103 minutes

Nina Wu
Nina Wu
Nina Wu
Nina Wu

NINA WU, a young struggling actress, left her rural town’s small theater company to pursue a film acting career in Taipei. After eight years of commercial and extra work, she finally lands a breakout leading role that—while complex and sure to garner awards attention—requires her to perform nude in graphic sex scenes. Nina accepts the role despite her discomfort. But from the casting couch to the press tour, the misogyny and abuse within the film industry become increasingly evident. Bullied on set and desperately lonely in her own home, Nina starts to crack under stress. Lines between her reality, the film, and dreams blur as she grows increasingly paranoid, haunted by the image of a familiar woman with a menacing smile. Co-written and inspired by the experiences of its lead actress, NINA WU is a psychological thriller ready to tackle the post-Weinstein era with fervor. Through raw performances and an unflinching camera, a history of exploitation bubbles to the surface, eventually boiling over in this richly colored nightmare situated somewhere between “Mulholland Dr.” and “Audition.” (In Mandarin with subtitles) — D.O.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, April 02, 2020 at 1:50 PM ET

Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 11:20 PM ET

Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles

After Hours
Pan-Asian Cinema

International Narrative Competition


Midi Z

Lin Sheng-Wen, Molly Fang, Claudia Tseng, Andi Lim

Wu Ke-Xi, Midi Z

Florian J.E. Zinke

Matthieu Laclau, Tsai Yann-Shan

Principal Cast
Wu Ke-Xi, Sung Yu-Hua, Hsia Yu-Chiao, Shih Ming-Shuai

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