Filmfest 2008

Useless A hot and humid day in Canton. Amid the thunderous noise of sewing machines, women work quietly under fluorescent lights in a garment factory. The clothes they make will soon be shipped to unknown customers. Likewise, the future of each face along the assembly line is blurred. A wintry day in Paris. Chinese designer Ma Ke prepares her newly established brand "Wu Yong" (Useless) to be launched in a spectacular show. An anti-fashion designer, she abhors assembly lines. The trademark of her majestic line is based on first burying the clothes in dirt to allow nature and time to put the finishing touches on her work. A dusty day in the mining area of Fengyang. A small tailor's shop is patronized by miners who come for repairs, alterations and lively chats... USELESS explores the manifestations of China's transformation into a consumer society, and reinforces the perceptions of the break between the traditional and the modern by knitting together impressions from factories and manufacturing hubs.

tags: Documentary


Director: Zhang-Ke Jia