Mirror, Mirror

on the Wall

World Premiere at Visions du Réel – Grand Angle Section:

“Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” This famous question that Snow White’s evil stepmother asks of her mirror every day in the popular Grimm Brothers fairy tale has become a sort of mantra these days. Sascha Schöberl seizes upon it here to give his film its title, but also to insert it into a contemporary context in which physical appearance has become an essential value of society. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall recounts the life of Doctor Han, a famous Chinese plastic surgeon who has made his life into a permanent quest for perfection. From the operating theatre to art fairs via fashion shows, Dr Han sets off in search of the absolute ideal of physical beauty. A self-proclaimed artist, he believes that his work goes beyond the medical domain: in his hands, the body becomes an artistic object. Through the implacable portrait of this character, the film questions beauty as an essential and pervasive element of society in the era of selfies.

– Elena López Riera

Written & Directed by: Sascha Schöberl

Editor: Yu Qian
Producer: Antje Boehmert, Ruby Chen, Ningxin Xie
Music: Tim Stanzel
Executive Producer: Antje Boehmert, Ruby Chen

A co-production of DOCDAYS Productions & CNEX Foundation

Funded by The Whickers Film & TV Funding Award

Produced in association with Channel Hot8. Distribution: PBS International

Length: 85/52 Min
Release Date: 2020

World Premiere at Visions du Réel – Grand Angle Section:

“Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” This famous question that Snow White’s evil stepmother asks of her mirror every day in the popular Grimm Brothers fairy tale has become a sort of mantra these days. Sascha Schöberl seizes upon it here to give his film its title, but also to insert it into a contemporary context in which physical appearance has become an essential value of society. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall recounts the life of Doctor Han, a famous Chinese plastic surgeon who has made his life into a permanent quest for perfection. From the operating theatre to art fairs via fashion shows, Dr Han sets off in search of the absolute ideal of physical beauty. A self-proclaimed artist, he believes that his work goes beyond the medical domain: in his hands, the body becomes an artistic object. Through the implacable portrait of this character, the film questions beauty as an essential and pervasive element of society in the era of selfies.

– Elena López Riera

 

Written & Directed by: Sascha Schöberl

Editor: Yu Qian
Producer: Antje Boehmert, Ruby Chen, Ningxin Xie
Music: Tim Stanzel
Executive Producer: Antje Boehmert, Ruby Chen

A co-production of DOCDAYS Productions & CNEX Foundation

Funded by The Whickers Film & TV Funding Award

Produced in association with Channel Hot8. Distribution: PBS International

Length: 85/52 Min
Release Date: 2020