Present. Perfect

Wan mei xian zai shi

United States/Hong Kong SAR China, 2019, 124 min, Black and white

Shengze Zhu’s third feature shines a light on the curious world of live-streaming, a singularly contemporary form of human connection and commerce wherein “anchors” document their lives and interact with a virtual audience. Cobbled together from 800 hours of live-streaming footage, Present.Perfect. advances a fascinating documentary portrait of Chinese society by focusing on the most marginalized of these anchors: a chain-smoking burn victim, an uncoordinated street dancer, a man with growth-hormone deficiency, a cattle farm worker, and many others. What emerges is an indelible vision of the world we live in today, when the boundaries between the real and the virtual have never been more porous.



Shengze Zhu


Zhengfan Yang,Wang Yang


Shengze Zhu


Aymeric Dupas


ZHU Shengze (1987, China) is a producer and documentary filmmaker. She co-founded the production company Burn The Film with director and visual artist Yang Zhengfan, and has served as producer for Yang's films, including Distant (2013) and Where Are You Going (2016). Her directorial debut, Out Of Focus (2014), premiered in France, and her films have been screened internationally ever since. Her second feature documentary, Another Year (2016), which premiered in Switzerland, received numerous awards, including the Grand Prize in Montreal. Present.Perfect.


Netherlands, 2019, IFFR Rotterdam, Winner Tiger Award

IFFR Rotterdam, Netherlands 2019 - Winner Tiger Award

Portugal, 2019, IndieLisboa, Winner Universities Culturgest Award

IndieLisboa, Portugal 2019 - Winner Universities Culturgest Award

Mexico, 2019, FICUNAM, Special Mention

FICUNAM, Mexico 2019 - Special Mention

France, 2019, Cinéma du réel,

Cinéma du réel, France 2019 -

United States, 2019, MoMA, New Directors/New Films,

MoMA, New Directors/New Films, United States 2019 -


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