In Wuqiao, a small Chinese town, the inhabitants are dedicated to circus. For decades, different generations present themselves as clowns, magicians, acrobats and tamers. During the holidays of Chinese New Year, the Wuqiao Acrobatic World turns into a big playground for spectators. Surrounded by Buddhist temples and Taoist sculptures, artists create their own space of circus tradition, imagination, illusion and reality. Backstage life is melancholic. “Wuqiao Circus”, a film about circus life fragments, performative existence and the love for playfulness.
About the director
Lukas Berger worked on photography and film projects in Ethiopia, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Burkina Faso, Russia and many European countries. His first film "Circus Debere Berhan" (2015) had the world premiere in 20th Milano Film Festival and was screened at more than 30 film festivals, winning 2 international awards. He directed "Circus Movements" (2019) that premiered at the 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival in USA and was selected for the 68th Melbourne Film Festival, 16th Vienna Shorts and 23rd PÖFF Shorts. In China he filmed his new movie “Wuqiao Circus” (2020) during the Chinese New Year.