el Documental del mes February 2017


Sophia Luvarà

2015 72 min.

Original Version in Chinese and English with subtitles in Catalan and Spanish

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    • Technical specs

        • Director: Sophia Luvarà
        • Executive Producers: Boudewijn Koole, Iris Lammertsma
        • Edition: Diego Gutierrez, Stefan Kamp NCE
        • Photography: Ton Peters NSC
        • Sound: Qiao Xin, Mike Hough, Amos Ho, Jia Xia, Eric Zheng
        • Music: Alex Simu
        • Producer Company: Witfilm
        • Suitable for all audiences



Andy devotes his days and nights to looking for a lesbian wife of convenience who could possibly bear his child; from online search to underground marriage markets, he is meeting all sorts of girls.
Cherry has already married a gay man, but the quest for a baby proves to be a far more complex challenge.
Will Andy and Cherry deny their own happiness and sexual orientation to satisfy their parents’ wishes?
Inside The Chinese Closet follows Andy and Cherry in their search. Along the way, they clash with their parents’ hopes, their love partners and the partners of convenience. It is through these encounters that the film lays bare the challenges that confront gay people in China today.

About direction (Sophia Luvarà)

Sophia Luvarà received her MSc with merit in Medical Biotechnology from the University of Turin, where she also studied for a PhD in Cancer Research, but in 2007 she discontinued her studies and moved to London to follow her passion for documentary filmmaking. In 2008 she attended the Documentary Filmmaking course at the London Film Academy and subsequently directed a number of independent documentaries. including: The Great Mafia Orange Squeeze (2011, UK/Italy) and The Road to Fureidis (2011, UK).

Awards & Festivals

  • DocsBarcelona – Spain, 2016
  • Berlinale – Germany, 2016
  • Belfast Film Festival – United Kingdom, 2016
  • IDFA – The Netherlands, 2015