Official Selection


World Premiere

Lost Lotus

Kadunud lootoseõis
Director: Liu Shu
Country: Hong Kong, Netherlands
Year: 2019
Film duration: 01:22
Producer: Mau Hat, Liu Shu
Screenwriter: Liu Shu
DoP: Zheng Yi
Editor: Patrick Minks
Cast: Yan Wensi, Zhao Xuan
Production: CS Production, Volya Films


After her critically acclaimed debut feature, Liu Shu delivers a powerful cinematic piece with Lost Lotus, a film that is at once suspenseful and thought provoking. A meditation on religious beliefs and their influence on social behaviours, Lost Lotus unfolds as a poignant reportage in the incisive depiction of an all-female struggle within a male dominated world of subtle manipulation and masked corruption.

Wu Yu, a recently married, young teacher – outstandingly performed by Canadian-Chinese actress Yan Wensi – lives a quiet daily routine, until one day her mother, a fervent Buddhist believer, dies in a hit-and-run car accident. The shock of the tragedy triggers a desperate search, running on parallel tracks: the search for spiritual solace to ease her pain, which Yu seems to be finding in Buddhist principles, and the search for the culprit, which will lead her to navigate the murky waters of police inefficiency and the power of riches, to an utterly unexpected result.

As it touches on sensitive subject matters in a bold and original way, Lost Lotus is not to be missed.

Giovanna Fulvi


Liu Shu 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” that premiered at Venice Critic Week in 2012. “Lost Lotus” is her second feature film
Director's filmography: Lotus (2012), Lost Lotus (2019)

Wed, November 27, 2019


Coca-Cola Plaza, iSense Saal, Tallinn

Screening code: 130101
Subtitles: English, Estonian
Q&A guests: Denis Vaslin, Wensi Yan, Liu Shu, Zhao Xuan, Isabelle Glachant, Daniele Palau
Screening duration: 01:52

Sat, November 30, 2019


Athena Keskus, Tartu

Screening code: 161902
Subtitles: English, Estonian
Screening duration: 01:22

Sat, November 30, 2019


Coca-Cola Plaza, Saal 4, Tallinn

Screening code: 160201
Subtitles: English, Estonian
Screening duration: 01:22






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