Winner of 5 International Awards
A Special Screening for Asian Film Nina Wu at Zawya Cinema on Saturday, February 20
Asian film Nina Wu by director Midi Z will have a special screening with Arabic and English subtitles at Zawya Cinema on Saturday, February 20 at 7:00 pm. This comes after the filmÂ’s great success and following its participation at dozens of international festivals, where it won five awards. The film was also praised by a number of international newspapers and news sites, where it was described as a "fascinating" and "stylish" film by Variety, and "an unflinching portrait" by The Hollywood Reporter.
The film landed its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival within the Uncertain Regard section, and has previously won several awards, including the Best Sound Effects at the Golden Horse Film Festival in Taiwan, Audience Choice Award at the Malaysia Golden Global Awards, Special Mention at the Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, Best Sound Effects at the Taipei International Film Festival, and Best Screenplay at the To Ten Chinese Film Festival.
After eight years toiling in bit-parts, aspiring actress Nina Wu finally gets her big break with a leading role in a spy thriller set in the 1960s. On the brink of triumph, though, NinaÂ’s psychological resolve begins to crack. She rushes back to her family home to deal with two crises: her fatherÂ’s business has gone bankrupt and her mother has suffered a heart attack.
The filmÂ’s director Midi Z says, Â“We have heard numerous inspiring tales in the world. In an encouraging story like those, the protagonist always manages to overcome all the ordeals in the end and enjoys the fruit of his hard work. However, in reality, some people suffer endless hardships all their lives. The gender, sexuality and family backgrounds they were born with leave them much fewer choices than others. The restriction on the choices they can make brings them countless obstacles, which they spend all their lifetime fighting against and they might be defeated in the end. For me, Nina Wu, is more than a story about the #Me Too movement. It depicts all the women who have been fighting bravely against the deeply rooted unfairness and restrains put on them in the workplace.Â”
Nina Wu is directed by Midi Z, who has co-written it with the filmÂ’s writer and star WU Ke-xi, and stars SUNG Yu-hua, Kimi Hsia, and Shih Ming-Shuai. MAD Solutions handles the filmÂ’s distribution in the Arab world.
Midi Z studied Design and Art before obtaining a masterÂ’s degree from the National Taiwan University of Technology and Science. In 2011, he directed his debut feature Return to Burma that was nominated for the Busan New Currents and Rotterdam Tiger Competitions. In 2014, his film Ice Poison won Best International Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival and represented Taiwan at Foreign Language Oscars. In 2016, The Road to Mandalay won Best Feature Film FEDEORA Award at the Venice Film Festival. Nina Wu marks MidiÂ’s latest film.