Xiaolu Guo

Award-winning Chinese filmmaker and author

Xiaolu Guo

Xiaolu Guo joined Cape Farewell’s first Sea Change voyage in 2011, an expedition by boat across the Scottish islands from Oban across the Western Isles of Scotland to Lewis. Hear her in-conversation with fellow voyager and filmmaker Fiona Cunningham-Reid during the expedition.

Xiaolu Guo talks to fellow voyager and filmmaker Fiona Cunningham-Reid during Cape Farewell’s 2011 Expedition about the importance of first-hand experience

Xiaolu Guo is a Chinese filmmaker and author who uses film and literary language to explore themes of alienation, personal journeys in a global sense, memory, daily tragedies and develops her own vision of China’s past and its future.

Her novel A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary For Lovers was nominated for the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. She was also the 2005 Pearl Award (UK) winner for Creative Excellence. Her previous novel Village of Stone was nominated for the Independent best Foreign Fiction Prize as well as the International Dublin IMPAC Awards. Her feature film She, a Chinese premiered at the 2009 Locarno International Film Festival, where it took the highest prize, the Golden Leopard. Her previous feature How Is Your Fish Today? was in Official Selection at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, and her most recent feature is UFO In Her Eyes which adapted from her original novel, it’s a metaphoric story about a village’s destiny under the totalitarianism and globalisation.

About the 2011 expedition
About the Sea Change programme

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