YúYú is based on a true story of a Chinese beekeeper who performs a rite of spring to recover the environmental balance of the Yangtze Valley in Chóngqìng, China.Throughout this journey, Shé Zuǒ Bīn, enters a trance with nature.
BIOGRAPHY OF THE DIRECTOR
Marc Johnson (France, 1986) is a Franco-Beninese architect, visual artist and film director who works at the intersection of architecture, performance, photography and cinema. Marc Johnson has studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, from 2006 to 2011 (MFA). He studied at the Hunter College of Art, New York (2010) and continued his studies from 2011-2013 at the National School of Architecture Paris-Malaquais (HMONP). In 2012 he followed a workshop at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou. In 2007, he was a guest artist of the A.R.T. Artists-in-Residence programme in Tokyo.
Marc Johnson has received many grants and awards for his work as an artist, including the LVMH Young Artist Award (2009), the Clermont-Tonnerre Prize from the Association des Amis des Beaux-Arts de Paris (2009), the Colin-Lefranc grants from the French Ministry of Culture (2009) and the D-SPAR art prize from the Dhillon-Marty Foundation (2012).
In 2011 Marc Johnson was commissioned by the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris a site-specific intervention (ATLAS-in-situ) in the Glass Atrium. Marc Johnson has been exhibiting worldwide including at the Fondation Ricard, Paris (2010), Nadiff Gallery, Tokyo (2007), Valerie Bach Gallery, Brussels (2011), Chandigarh Art College, Chandigarh (2012), Nairang Gallery, Lahore (2012), Organhaus Art Space, Chongqing (2014), Jeu de Paume arts center, Paris (2014) and 65th International Filmfestspiele Berlin, Berlinale, (2015), 31th Internationales Kurz Film festival – IKFF Hamburg (2015), 7th Festival Internacional de Cine y Medio Ambiente de México – Cinema Planeta (2015), 42nd Athens International Film + Video Festival (Ohio) (2015), 8th Cinemasia Film Festival 2015 – Amsterdam (2015), 21st Internationale Short Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg week, (2015).
FESTIVAL SELECTIONS OF YúYú (OFFICIAL COMPETITION)
21st Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival – Bristol, UK (15-20 September 2015)
11th FEST – New Directors | New Films Festival 2015 – Espinho, Portugal (22-29 June 2015)
31th Internationales Kurz Film festival – IKFF Hamburg (9-15 June 2015)
7th Festival Internacional de Cine y Medio Ambiente de México – Cinema Planeta (14-19 April 2015)
42nd Athens International Film + Video Festival (Ohio) (3-9 April 2015) 3rd Prize in the experimental section
8th Cinemasia Film Festival 2015 – Amsterdam (1-6 April 2015)
21st Internationale Short Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg week (18-25 March 2015)
65th Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, Berlinale 2015. (5-15 february 2015)