In Wuqiao, a small Chinese town, the inhabitants are dedicated to circus. For decades, different generations present themselves as clowns, magicians, acrobats and tamers. During the holidays of Chinese New Year, the Wuqiao Acrobatic World turns into a big playground for spectators. Surrounded by Buddhist temples and Taoist sculptures, artists create their own space of circus tradition, imagination, illusion and reality. Backstage life is melancholic. “Wuqiao Circus”, a film about circus life fragments, performative existence and the love for playfulness.
Bio-filmography of the director
Lukas Berger worked on photography and film projects in Ethiopia, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Burkina Faso, Russia and many European countries. His first film "Circus Debere Berhan" (2015) had the world premiere in 20th Milano Film Festival and was screened at more than 30 film festivals, winning 2 international awards. He directed "Circus Movements" (2019) that premiered at the 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival in USA and was selected for the 68th Melbourne Film Festival, 16th Vienna Shorts and 23rd PÖFF Shorts. In China he filmed his new movie “Wuqiao Circus” (2020) during the Chinese New Year.
The circus always fascinated me: the coexistence, the theatrical part, the diversity within cultures and the travels. My intention is to continue my work on this theme and return to one of the places where circus has always been part of people's lives. The film shows performances and fragments behind the scenes of the unique circus town Wuqiao.
Wuqiao Circus, Funny Circus, Chuipotian Theater, Red Peony Theater, Wuqiao Acrobatic Troupe, Wang Zhen, Yao Cuicui, Li Yinhuai, Sun Tingfing, Mister Erhu, He Shuying, Li Hongding, Song Yanan, Qi Pingping.
Director of Photography/Camera:
Mário Gajo de Carvalho; Lukas Berger
Mário Gajo de Carvalho;
Mário Gajo de Carvalho
14 minutes / Image: 16x9 / Sound: Stereo / Format: HD / Documentary