By Antoine BRETON


Epic - Development 2018

In a modern Chinese megalopolis, a young impish elevator operator from the countryside dreams up a new life for herself, facing absurd challenges and meeting unusual people along the way.

An urban tale about a modern-day Chinese Alice-In-Wonderland.

    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Epic, Fantasy, Transmedia
    • Countries
    • CHINA
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 10 - 25 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Antoine BRETON
    • Writer(s)
    • Antoine BRETON
    • Producer(s)
    • Synopsis
    • Nüwa is a cross genre and trans-borders film. It’s a big screen motion picture with mainstream ambitions mixing fantasy, comedy and drama, which targets the Chinese and International market.

      Nüwa is a fantasy film with social relevance. Although there is a love story and an espionage plot running through the film, it is essentially comprised of dramatic set-pieces, musical and comic sketches. Uniquely blending stunning CGI visuals with live action, the film will have a distinct cutting-edge look.

      Nüwa transports us into different worlds: from the character's inner fantasy-life to the technologically constructed virtual realities of the megalopolis.

      The story line is grounded on Chinese mythological texts, poetry, and characters, cunningly and carefully modernized and mixed with references of international pop culture. It takes its inspiration from the “Classic of the Mountains and the seas”, "Zhuangzi dreamed he was a butterfly" poem, as well as European tales, Disney characters, and other cinematographic contemporary references, such as Jacques Tati's "Playtime," Chen Kaige’s Temptress Moon, Peter Weir's “Truman Show” and many more.

      Nüwa pays tribute to the youth of today, those who seek their identity in rapidly changing, highly populated, urban centers. It’s an offbeat commentary on modern life, ironic at times - but touching, romantic, poetic, and spiritual, above-all.

      Nüwa is also about empowering Chinese women of different generations to inspire women from all over the world.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Apr 09, 2018