Address Unknown

Great Britain/China 2006, 11' | Director, Screenplay, DoP, Sound Xiaolu Guo | Editors Xiaolu Guo, Xiao Juan Zhong | Music, Production Philippe Ciompi

From a Beijing apartment, a woman is writing postcards to a man in London. We don't see the woman or the man, there's only the camera contemplating Beijing with a melancholy look. Each postcard is a long static shot. The woman's voice reveals her loneliness in a rapidly changing China. Highways, labourers, meat market, people in the street ...
All the postcards return - address unknown. Her lover seems to have disappeared from the other side of the world.

Guo Xiaolu's documentation We Went To Wonderland can also be seen in the "Focus China" of the International Women's Film Festival Dortmund | Cologne.


GUO XIAOLU was born in 1971 in a small town on the Chinese coast. When she was eighteen she went to Beijing, studied at the Film School there and wrote five novels. In 2002 she moved to London. Her novel 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth, the story of a young woman in modern China, was illustrated with images from the film Address Unknown.

Xiaolu Guo
Great Britain, China
Short Film
Focus: China