Dream Empire / Dream Empire

David Borenstein (DK, 2016)

Den kinesiske drøm // Dream Empire (David Borenstein, DK, 2016)
Lars Skree

Yana is a 24-year-old rural migrant who recently arrived in Chongqing to pursue her "Chinese Dream." Drawn by the glamour and easy riches of China's historic real estate boom, she opens a foreigner rental agency designed to help Chinese real estate developers market their new developments. But this business takes a dubious turn as her foreigners are increasingly used in a surreal effort to turn remote rural ghost towns into "globalized booming cities" on the days that outside investors and political leaders visit. When the inevitable happens and the real estate bubble starts to pop, Yana is forced to sell her company and reassess everything she ever believed in. Shot over several years, the film is at once a personal story and an on-the-ground chronicle of one of the most critical economic issues of our time.


Basic information

Danish titleDen kinesiske drøm
ProducerJesper Jack
Director of PhotographyLars Skree
ComposerJason Prover
Danish theatrical release16.03.2017
Production countryDenmark
Duration73 min.
Production companyHouse of Real
With support fromDet Danske Filminstitut
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut
International saleGunpowder & Sky Distribution / t 001 212-463-6403 / cj@gunpowdersky.com / www.gunpowdersky.com
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Full credits

David BorensteinDirection
Jesper JackProducer
Freja DelgadoProduction manager
Christian von der ReckeProduction manager
Lars SkreeCinematographer
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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festivals
Golden Alexander Award 2017 Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2017

Festival screenings

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Festivals Festival date
Cahul, Moldox 23-09-2017
Malmö Nordisk Panorama 16-09-2017
Wellington - New Zealand Film Festival 20-07-2017
Amsterdam, IDFA 12-07-2017
Sydney Film Festival 07-06-2017
Sao Paulo, Ecofalante Environmental Film Festival 01-06-2017
Warszawa, Against Gravity 12-05-2017
Tbilisi, CinéDOC 11-05-2017
München Documentary Festival 04-05-2017
Kiev, Docudays UA International Human Rights Film Festival 24-03-2017
CPH:DOX 16-03-2017
Tempo Dokumentärfestival 06-03-2017
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 06-03-2017
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 03-03-2017
Miami International Film festival 03-03-2017
ZagrebDox 26-02-2017
Amsterdam, IDFA 16-11-2016
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