Transit Circle
China, Germany, 2019, 40'
VO — Mandarin Chinese, Hangzhou Dialect
ST — English

50th edition of Visions du Réel 2019 - International Film Festival Nyon
Hanqi and her friends drift through the suburban area of Hangzhou. Strolling through the concrete and neon-lit landscape of the city, they experience the transformations it undergoes daily. As they drift night after night, they become the living interface of a metamorphosis that cannot be perceived or understood if not by becoming part of it. Thus, Hanqi and her friends catch fleeting glimpses of beauty in an environment that most people would only perceive as alienating, hostile or cold. Like an ambient composition by Brian Eno or Philip Glass, the film moves through minimal variations, completely immersed in its nocturnal beat. Space becomes time. A film like a poem; a coming-of-age movie that escapes all the known clichés. Stephan Knauss proves that he is one of the filmmakers to watch closely in the next future. The way he handles and organizes all the elements of his extremely beguiling work are irrefutable proof for it. Transit Circle is a sensorial ambient film that displays flair and creativity.
Giona A. Nazzaro

cast & crew
Stephan Knauss
Hanqi Sheng
Stephan Knauss
Hanqi Sheng
Shuiqing Wang
Wan Xu
Yingying Zheng
Minda Xu
Jun Geng
Momo Si
Jun Gao
dolly grip
Xingbo Shu
Stephan Knauss
Stephan Knauss
Hanqi Sheng
sound-design & music composing
Mario Schöning
additional saxophone
Kyle Forester
re-recording mix
Patrick Dadaczynski
Philipp Hirschfeld
Hanqi Sheng
Konouz Saeed
Karlotta Freier

making of
Hanqi Sheng