Trailer

About

Andy devotes his days and nights to looking for a lesbian wife of convenience who could possibly bear his child; from online search to underground marriage markets, he is meeting all sorts of girls. Cherry has already married a gay man, but the quest for a baby proves to be a far more complex challenge.

Will Andy and Cherry deny their own happiness and sexual orientation to satisfy their parents’ wishes? The documentary Inside The Chinese Closet follows Andy and Cherry in their search. Along the way, they clash with their parents’ hopes, their love partners and the partners of convenience. It is through these encounters that the film lays bare the challenges that confront gay people in China today.

Credits:
Director: Sophia Luvarà
Director of Photography: Ton Peters NSC
Sound: Mike Hough, Qiao Xin, Amos Ho
Editing: Diego Gutierrez, Stefan Kamp NCE, Patrick Schonewille
Composer: Alex Simu
Sound design: Jeroen Goeijers
Production manager China: Lilian Wu Jingyang
Coproducer: NTR
Financed by: the Netherlands Film Fund and the Dutch Cultural Media Fund

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Crew

Sophia Luvarà

Director

Sophia Luvarà received her MSc with merit in Medical Biotechnology from the University of Turin, where she also studied for a PhD in Cancer Research, but in 2007 she discontinued her studies and moved to London to follow her passion for documentary filmmaking.

In 2008 she attended the Documentary Filmmaking course at the London Film Academy and subsequently directed a number of independent documentaries, including:
The Great Mafia Orange Squeeze (2011, UK/Italy), about African immigrants who rioted against ‘Ndrangheta mafia oppression in a small town in the South of Italy.

The Road to Fureidis (2011, UK), about Arab Israeli women, who receive training to increase their self-confidence and employability.

In 2013 Sophia spent two weeks embedded with soldiers on duty in Afghanistan for the MTV documentary Soldati – Missione Afganistan. She is currently co-directing and producing the feature length documentary ‘Ishmael’s forgotten children of Israel’ about Arab citizens of Israel, for the Foundation Media EdProject, where she is also a board member.

Inside The Chinese Closet is Sophia's first feature length documentary, which she developed at the Documentary Campus Masterschool in 2011 and at the Crossing Borders in 2012 - Eurasia-Pacific documentary training scheme.

Screenings

IDFA (The Netherlands)

November 2015

Competition Best Dutch Documentary

Berlin International Film Festival (Germany)

February 2016

In competition for TEDDY Award

Thessaloniki Film Festival (Greece)

March 2016

One World (Czech Republic)

March 2016

BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival (United Kingdom)

March 2016

Official Festival Selection

Human Right Watch Film Festival - Toronto (Canada)

March 2016

Human Rights Watch Film Festival (United Kingdom)

March 2016

Roze Filmdagen (The Netherlands)

March 2016

Pink Apple (Switzerland)

April 2016

Ambulante (Mexico)

April 2016

Documentary Edge (New Zealand)

May 2016

DOK.fest (Germany)

May 2016

DocsBarcelona (Spain)

May 2016

Competition New Talent Award

TLVfest (Israel)

May 2016

Documentary Competition

SHRFF (Korea)

May 2016

Docs Against Gravity (Poland)

May 2016

Freiburger Lesbenfilmtage (Germany)

May 2016

Human Rights Watch Film Festival - New York (USA)

June 2016

Biografilm (Spain)

June 2016

KQFF (South Korea)

June 2016

Lo Otra Banqueta (Guatemala)

July 2016

DocsBarcelonaMedellin (Spain)

July 2016

Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival (USA)

August 2016

Managua Cine Mas (Nicaragua)

August 2016

Durban International Film Festiva (South Africa)

August 2016

Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (Hong Kong)

September 2016

Mix Copenhagen (Denmark)

September 2016

Ambulante (Colombia)

September 2016

Perlen - Queer Film Festival Hannover (Germany)

October 2016

Festival International du Film des Droits de L'Homme (Guadeloupe)

October 2016

One World (Slovakia)

October 2016

This Human World (Austria)

October 2016

Amnistia Internacional Sintra (Portugal)

November 2016

Asterisco (Argentina)

Nov 2016

Brisbane Queer Film Festival (Australia)

March 2017

Human Vision Film Festival (Germany)

March 2017

Vues d'en Face (France)

April 2017

Contact

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info@witfilm.nl
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