UFO in her Eyes

by Xiaolu Guo

UFO in her Eyes


One very hot afternoon, the life of an anonymous Chinese village woman abruptly changes when she believes that she has just witnessed a UFO flying through the sky. The village chief takes advantage of this unexpected event to boost the poverty-stricken local economy – to stimulate tourism, get government support, and even make contact with the USA. Under a scrutinizing police eye, a collective portrait unfolds ...

Partly inspired by Kafka’s ”The Metamorphosis”, and Kurosawa’s ”Rashomon”, the film portrays the lives of ordinary individuals dealing with radical political
changes in a chaotic contemporary Chinese society.


Filmmaker and novelist Xiaolu Guo, born 1973 in China, studied film at Beijing Film Academy and the UK National Film School. She has published 7 novels and a book of poetry and has directed several documentaries.
Her most popular novel “A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary For Lovers" (2007, Random House) was translated into 23 languages, her other novels include ”Twenty Fragments Of A Ravenous Youth”. Her first feature film SHE, A CHINESE was awarded with the Golden Leopard in Locarno 2009 and is currently distributed in various countries. Her upcoming feature – based on her latest novel “Ufo In Her Eyes” – is a surreal, Kafkaesque political metaphor about how a rural Chinese village is radically transformed due to an alleged UFO sighting, and this parable of change paints a restless future, not only for rural China, but also for the entire world.

Filmography as screenwriter and director

2011 UFO in her eyes (feature film)
2009 Once upon a time a proleta rian (documentary)
2009 She, a Chinese (feature film)
2008 We went to Wonderland (documentary)
2006 How is your fish today? (doc-fiction)
2004 The Concrete Revolution (documentary)


Shi Ke
Udo Kier
Mandy Zhang
Y. Peng Liu
Z. Lan
Massela Wei
Dou Li
Nan Zhou


Written and Directed by:
Sabotage Sister a.k.a. Xiaolu Guo
Director of Photography: Michal Tywoniuk 
Editor: Nikolai Hartmann 
Director of Sound: Philippe Ciompi 
Art Director: Jun Yao 
Original Music by: Mocky
Coproducer: NDR / Arte
Commissioning editors: Jeanette Würl / Andreas Schreitmüller
Associate producers: Alberto Fanni, Flaminio Zadra
Executive producer: Fatih Akin
Produced by: Klaus Maeck
Based on the novel "UFO IN HER EYES" by Xiaolu Guo
This film is dedicated to „Soy Cuba" by Mikhail Kalatozov
Financed by: FFHSH, FFA, NDR/ARTE, Hubert Bals Fund


Technical Data

Format: 35mm / 24 fps / 1:2,35 cinemascope / colour / Dolby Digital
Length: 110 min.
Original Language: Mandarin, English


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UFO in her Eyes
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