Mirror, Mirror

on the Wall

Visions du Réel 2020: World Premiere & Grand Angle – Audience Award

“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

The documentary is not just trying to focus on the absurd aspects of plastic surgery and the world of influencers and followers. It is also getting to the roots of these obsessions without ramming the message down your throat.
Business Doc Europe

Schöberl’s camerawork is deft enough to spot the cracks in Dr Han’s glossy facade.
Screen Daily

A compelling film that questions beauty as a simultaneously essential yet vain element of society in the era of selfies.
filmuforia

 

Buch & Regie: Sascha Schöberl

Montage: Yu Qian
Producer: Antje Boehmert, Ruby Chen, Ningxin Xie
Musik: Tim Stanzel
Produzentin: Antje Boehmert, Ruby Chen

Eine Koproduktion von DOCDAYS Productions & CNEX Foundation

Gefördert vom The Whickers Film & TV Funding Award

Produziert in Zusammenarbeit mit Channel Hot8. Vertrieb: PBS International

Länge: 85/52 Min
Produktionsjahr: 2020

 

Visions du Réel 2020: World Premiere & Grand Angle – Audience Award

“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

Buch & Regie: Sascha Schöberl

Montage: Yu Qian
Producer: Antje Boehmert, Ruby Chen, Ningxin Xie
Musik: Tim Stanzel
Produzentin: Antje Boehmert, Ruby Chen

Eine Koproduktion von DOCDAYS Productions & CNEX Foundation
Gefördert vom The Whickers Film & TV Funding Award
Produziert in Zusammenarbeit mit Channel Hot8. Vertrieb: PBS International

Länge: 85/52 Min
Produktionsjahr: 2020