China LoveOlivia Martin McGuire

In the heyday of the Cultural Revolution romantic love was still considered a capitalist concept in China. But now China has completely fallen in love with love. Weddings are big business and the wedding photography leads to - at least to western eyes - unbelievable scenes. The groom as centaur with his beloved on the back? Or a graceful mermaid in the arms of an uncomfortable Neptune? Tackiness is no objection in the search for the ultimate picture.

Photographer Olivia Martin McGuire is an expat in Shanghai and was amazed at how widespread the stunning photoshoots of future couples are. In these photos the young couples live out their wildest fantasies: they pose in opulent 18th century interiors, underwater or floating in the air. The crazier and the more luxurious the better. What may seem childish or tacky to outsiders is actually the expression of the new Chinese dream: status, romance and wealth can now be celebrated openly. This is a radical break with the past when the Party decided who made up a good couple and when wedding photos invariably showed a man and a woman in similar Mao uniforms. Immerse yourself in the trillion yuan industry of Chinese wedding photography during a crazy ride full of glitter, glamour and abundance. You will witness a break with the past, you will see people dealing with social pressure and even ... real love.

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Vertoond op editie(s) 2019
Screened at edition(s) 2019


Directed by Olivia Martin McGuire
2018 86 min.
Chinees, Engels
Subtitles: English


Love Factually


Olivia Martin McGuire

Production company

Rebecca Barry, Madeleine Hetherton, Olivia Martin-McGuire


Bernadette Murray


Richard Tamplenizza, Basil Hogias

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