niels sejer / production designer . architect maa / films, fascinations and the space

 
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Fine & Mellow / Director: Henrik Genz

Starring Vivian Wu and Bjarne Henriksen

Keld is in a rut. His wife of 25 years has left him. For sustenance, he eats his way through the menu at the local Chinese takeaway. The owner talks him into a marriage of convenience with his sister from China and the unplanned-for happens.

A delicate romance blooms between these two damaged, fragile individuals, but a secret gives their relationship a fateful twist. A subtle and touching story of life's diversity.

The two main sets of the film, Kelds apartment and the Kowloon Grill across the street were both built on the SetUp Soundstage in Copenhagen. The design of the film reflects the underlying theme of transformation through a realization of the extraordinariness of a seemingly ordinary world.

The main character, Keld, teeters on the edge of his life, everything has lost its meaning. But one day he decides to cross the street to eat, and enters a small chinese world that opens and becomes a fantastic voyage into an unknown world, that changes his life. This transformation becomes visually clear even in Kelds own apartment that has been emptied of all possessions and can now be filled with new meaning, visually and spiritually.

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Films / Chinaman / Kinamand

Studio ground plan showing Keld's apartment (left) and the Kowloon Grill (right) and living rooms of the extended Chinese family.

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Kowloon grill set

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Keld's apartment set with printed cyc background.

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Kowloon grill set

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Kowloon grill set - the 'secret' living area of the Chinese family in the back.

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Films / Chinaman / Kinamand