Queer East Festival 2024
17 — 28 April
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Frozen Out
Multiple origins, 2021

Short Form,
Directed by
Hao Zhou
Running time
5 min mins
An immigrant artist retreats to frozen prairies and forests, hoping to escape the anxieties of dislocation and find a meaningful story. Delivered as a letter to the protagonist’s sister in rural China, the film meditates on self-exile, identity, and fleeting ties to home and family.

Director Bio

Hao Zhou is a filmmaker from rural China, now based in the rural United States. Zhou’s work centers on marginalized voices and spaces, with a focus on LGBTQ+ themes. An alum of the Cinéfondation Résidence and Berlinale Talents, Zhou wrote and directed an indie feature,The Night, which premiered at the 64th Berlinale.


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