Obscure

The queer look paints the reality of blood ties


The film marks Kunlin Wang’s debut as a feature film director, after a Masters in Film Production at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. Kunlin Wang has always been attracted to stories of deviance, subcultures and marginalization. Obscure is an ancient and modern film that blends ancestral instincts with an experimental technique and narrative. We are on a farm, immersed in the ritual and harsh life of a family: Henry, the father, Jamie, the son and Lou, the daughter. The three of them live in complete isolation, dedicated solely to farm management and their own sustenance. The father is the master, managing the two children as he pleases. Brother and sister are similar, almost androgynous creatures. Through Jamie’s gaze and the complicity between him and Lou, Kunlin Wang immerses us in the (male) competition, in a queer sexuality and in the stages of an awareness, emancipation and an ending that links the relationship between victim and executioner.

Maria Cera

About the Director

Born and raised in China, Kunlin Wang is a Chinese independent filmmaker. She holds an MFA in Film Directing from Chapman University and a BA in Communications Studies from the University of Nottingham. She was a student of Bela Tarr at the International Filmmaking Academy in 2017 and then worked for Tarr as his teaching assistant at the FIRST International Film Festival’s Training Camp in 2017 and 2018. Having a background in Gender Studies, she has a passion for telling stories of subcultures and marginalized people. She has directed more than 10 short films while traveling and studying in China, the US, the UK, Italy, and Korea. Obscure is her first feature film, a co-production of the US and China. Now she has been developing her second feature film Last Winter Day.