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Dream Empire

David Borenstein, Denmark, 2016

73 min.DK/Documentary

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 Credits Festivals & awards Library
Danish title Den kinesiske drøm
Other titles Dream Empire
Keywords China, , Young women, Entrepreneurs, Residences, Neighborhoods
Director David Borenstein
Producer Jesper Jack
Director of Photography Lars Skree
Composer Jason Prover
Production country Denmark
Subtitles No
Audio description No
Production companies House of Real
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut
Danish theatrical release 16.03.2017
Cinemas Cinemateket CPH:PIX 2017
Comment First feature documentary by American director and anthropologist David Borenstein, who started making Dream Empire while in China doing a PhD on the country’s housing boom. The film was selected for IDFA’s First Appearance competition.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 11

Companies

Production companies House of Real
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut

Direction

Direction David Borenstein

Production

Producer Jesper Jack
Production manager Freja Delgado
Production manager Christian von der Recke

Cinematography

Cinematographer Lars Skree

Editing

Editor Anders Villadsen
Editor Christian Einshøj

Music

Music Jason Prover

Awards and nominations

Award Year Festival
Golden Alexander Award 2017 Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2017

Festival screenings

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

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Type Source Author Date
Anmeldelse Politiken Ifversen, Karsten 2016-03-10