“A thought-provoking gem … as courageous as it is terrifying.” – Twitch
The global issues of state surveillance, national security and individual freedom have never been more pertinent. Unfolding with this world is the gripping Trap Street, the impressive directorial debut of acclaimed producer Vivian Qu (Berlinale Golden Bear winner Black Coal, Thin Ice, also screening at this year’s BAPFF).
Li Qiuming is a digital mapping surveyor whose job is to chart the serpentine streets of an unnamed Chinese city. One day he spies a beautiful woman who works in an apparently secret building in a street that doesn’t appear on any maps. His encounter sparks an obsession to relocate her, but instead he finds himself in a dangerous and murky underworld, taken captive and accused of spilling state secrets.
Named for the fictitious or non-existent streets cartographers sometimes include in their maps, Trap Street is a taut and timely thriller that has been hailed internationally, and a fascinating contemplation of contemporary China.