Iris Prize Shorts 2021

Duet

An unspoken romance resurfaces when a high school music teacher meets a former colleague. After years of absence they perform together once more, the music expressing what can’t be said.

DIRECTOR: Shae Xu
PRODUCER: Chuxin Huo
WRITER: Shae Xu
China, 14 Minutes

An unspoken romance inevitably resurfaces when a high school music teacher meets an old colleague again and decides to perform together for the first time as piano duet partners after they’ve long since drifted apart from each other.

Awards: The Directors Guild of America Student Film Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Women’s Category.

Born in 1989, Shae Xu (pinyin: Xǔ Yǐ) is a Shanghai filmmaker based in New York. Xu studied Art History in UC Santa Barbara and worked in the Chinese contemporary art realm before becoming a filmmaker. Her photos and video works were seen in the galleries, and her narrative films unveil a feminist’s concern in a fast-growing China. Xu is a Berlinale Talents/Talents Tokyo alumni, an MFA Film Directing candidate at Columbia University and the winner of the DGA’s 2020 Student Film Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Women’s category.

 


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