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STRANDED IN CANTON

TFF 2015 Directed by Måns Månsson
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE STRANDED IN CANTON [TFF 2015]
Idealistic Lebrun has travelled from The Democratic Republic of Congo to Canton in Guangdong Province, China, to make it as an entrepreneur. His hopes are to build a business making political T-shirts that he can ship back home to sell. He is one of many Congolese workers migrating eastward and establishing new trade routes, but things aren't as easy as they seem. Business aside, he also has to come to grips with loneliness. Although he tries, he doesn’t quite manage to fit in to the local expat community. His saving grace comes in the form of Sylvie, who guides Lebrun through the dreamy, smoggy city, teaching him Chinese and the local mentality. As the political landscape back home changes and problems keep piling up, he spends more time in karaoke bars and falling in love than on his T-shirts.

Swedish artist Måns Månsson’s background as both a cinematographer and director can be felt in every mesmerizing and lush scene of the film. The improvisation and documentary elements of the film adds a layer of thoughtfulness and veracity to Månsson’s fictional character, opening to questions of politics and belonging.

—Jule Rozite
Interests
Documentary
Idealistic Lebrun has travelled from The Democratic Republic of Congo to Canton in Guangdong Province, China, to make it as an entrepreneur. His hopes are to build a business making political T-shirts that he can ship back home to sell. He is one of many Congolese workers migrating eastward and establishing new trade routes, but things aren't as easy as they seem. Business aside, he also has to come to grips with loneliness. Although he tries, he doesn’t quite manage to fit in to the local expat community. His saving grace comes in the form of Sylvie, who guides Lebrun through the dreamy, smoggy city, teaching him Chinese and the local mentality. As the political landscape back home changes and problems keep piling up, he spends more time in karaoke bars and falling in love than on his T-shirts.

Swedish artist Måns Månsson’s background as both a cinematographer and director can be felt in every mesmerizing and lush scene of the film. The improvisation and documentary elements of the film adds a layer of thoughtfulness and veracity to Månsson’s fictional character, opening to questions of politics and belonging.

—Jule Rozite
Film Information
Year: 2014
Length: 79 minutes
Language: Cantonese, English, French, Lingala, Mandarin
Country: Denmark, Sweden, China
Premiere: North American
Cast & Credits
Director: Måns Månsson
Screenwriter: Måns Månsson, Li Hongqi, George Cragg
Producer: Måns Månsson
Editor: George Cragg
Associate Producer: Vanja Kaludjercic
Cinematographer: Måns Månsson
Executive Producer: Patricia Drati, Tine Fischer
Composer: Tom Skinner
Co-Producer: Alex Chung
Cast: Lebrun Iko Isibangi, Nana Nya Sylvie, Wassim Hasbini, Frank No
Contacts

Print Source
Gunnar Almér
Swedish Film Institute
Stockholm, 10252
Phone: +46 8665 1208
gunnar.almer@sfi.se

Press Contact
Lucius Barre
Lucius Barre & Company
New York, 10023
Phone: 212 595 1773
luciusbarre@gmail.com

International Sales Contact
Natalia Arshavskaya
ANT!PODE Sales & Distribution
Moscow, 127055
Phone: +7 916 114 1176
festivals@antipode-sales.biz

About the Director(s)
Måns Månsson was born in Stockholm, Sweden. He has an MFA from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. His award-winning films have been screened at various festivals and venues around the world, including the Berlinale, Slamdance Film Festival, and IFF Rotterdam.

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