International Competition
Lost Lotus
By Liu Shu
82 min | 2019 | Hong Kong/Netherlands

A young Chinese teacher, Wu Yu, searches for the hit-and-run driver responsible for her mother’s death. As she tries to understand her mother’s faith, Buddhist principles slowly grow in Wu Yu and start appeasing her pain. While she keeps on with the investigation, her quest for justice soon isolates her from the rest of the world: her husband wants to negotiate a cash compensation, and Buddhist beliefs require her to let go of her demand since destiny should bring justice in the next life. All Wu Yu asks for is to meet the driver face to face. If only she could find him…

Screenplay: Liu Shu | Cinematography: Zheng Yi | Editing: Patrick Minks | Sound: Ranko Paukovic | Producer: Au Hat, Liu Shu | With: Yan Wensi, Zhao Xuan, Yuan Liguo, Ji Dan, Zhang Kai, Zhao Wei

2019 Lost Lotus | 2012 Lotus


Göteborg Film Festival 2020 | Tallinn Black Nights 2019 (Official Competition)


Liu Shu, born in Jining in Shandong province, graduated from Shandong Normal University majoring in Arts. She first worked as a journalist for CCTV and China Beijing TV Station. She started getting involved in independent cinema in 2005. As a NGO employee, she initiated several events showcasing independent and underground films in different universities, as well as at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing.She wrote, directed and produced her first feature Lotus (Xiaohe, 2012), that premiered at Venice Critics’ Week in 2012.