Experimental Film; 20min; 1280 x 720; 2014
Nobody fully knows his identity which is gradually slipping away in the maze of the Mansions: the young Mitch reports from the "Noman's Land", the Chungking Mansions in Hong Kong. In this ghetto located in the center of the world, positions but also characters remain tentative. Spaces become possible territories, dream and reality are constantly being renegotiated. In this game between the interests of the West and East Mitch makes his way.
Consisting of a wide and diverse array of shops, guesthouses, and currency exchange bureaus, the building known as Chungking Mansion, located in the Tsim Sha Tsui district of Hong Kong, has developed into a hub for trade between China and, among others places, many African nations. This trade can also come to include the exchange of questionable goods, and dubious people.
This complex forms the backdrop for „Mitch and Alfred“ (2014). It follows a protagonist who tells of his opportunity to escape from poverty, and his resulting dependence on the immense and enigmatic systems of global trade. His necessity to survive has led to the most surreal of situations, laden with the names of disparate countries strung together into an unlikely story written and directed by the exchange of money and dubious goods.
This topsy-turvy world is mirrored in the film’s visuals, whose kaleidoscopic style was inspired by the unique mix of LED shop signs and mirrors in the stalls of Chungking Mansion. Just as one can never be sure of the true facts of Alfred’s story, so too does it become impossible to discern reflections from reality, and distortions from the true physical layout of the building.
His narrative constantly confronts the viewer with the question of what is fact and what is fiction. This ambiguity lies at the heart of Mitch and Alfred, and is the inspiration for the work’s title.