Coming to theatres tomorrow, Wednesday, September 27:
I AM ANOTHER YOU
Hot Docs, BAMcinemaFest, Ashland, Cleveland
What begins as a portrait of a seemingly carefree young drifter becomes something more complex.
Finding a kindred spirit in their mutual love of travel, Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang befriends Dylan, a charismatic homeless 22-year-old, during a trip to Florida. Intrigued by the handsome young man’s free spirit, Wang starts filming him, all the while trying to make sense of his decision to leave behind a comfortable, middle-class lifestyle to live on the streets and beg for food. Even after they have a falling out, Wang seeks the truth, and what she finds out – through Dylan’s father – forces her, and her audience, to re-evaluate their initial impressions of Dylan. While it’s debatable whether Wang herself needed to insert herself into the film’s storytelling approach, she deftly upends expectations in the film’s stronger second part.