RYUJI OTSUKA / 2014 / CHINA / 88''
Along with London, Beijing is now one of the most expensive cities in the world to rent property. The rising prices are affecting residents all over the city, including the film’s director, Ryuji Otsuka, his wife and their small child. With the help of a handheld video camera and hidden cameras, Otsuka has created a personal diary that begins at the moment when he must search for a new flat after his rent was suddenly and significantly raised. From this has emerged an immediate, spontaneous testimony about everyday situations that can change easily into acute conflicts – not only due to financial pressure, but also because of the ruthless approach of landlords and indifferent police.
Screening followed by Q&A with director Ryuji Otsuka and a drinks reception.
In partnership with The Bartlett, UCL Faculty of the Built Environment.