Shānzhài Screens

A film by

France | 23' | 01/2020 | documentary

Shenzhen at night, copyist painters recount their daily lives and their craft. Their acts shift alternately between an artistic and blue-collar imagery, from new technology to classical techniques. Here, another history of painting is being drawn.

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Paul Heintz


Paul was born in 1989 in Saint-Avold (France). He is a Fine Arts graduate from Beaux-Arts de Nancy, Arts Décoratifs de Paris and Le Fresnoy, studio national des arts contemporains.
His work goes through object, sound, video, installation and films. His first film “Non Contractual” was screened at RIDM, Indie Lisboa and FID. His last film “Hearths” was selected in more than 20 festivals including IFFR, FIDMarseille, Dok Leipzig and Indie Lisboa.
Paul Heintz’s field of action is a bizarre set of cases where what is real is largely imbued with fiction, and where social normativity also makes its weight entirely felt. There is an inherent toxicity to imagination and fiction when they combine their approval of the social norm, as is the case with storytelling for example. From there, Paul Heintz enters the logic of fiction, takes it further and lets through redeeming current.


  • Shānzhài Screens – 23’ – 2020
  • Foyers / Hearths – 18’ – 2018
  • Non contractuel / Non contractual – 16’ – 2015
Square Eyes - Director - Paul Heintz - credit Ewan Golder


Director: Paul Heintz
Production: Petit Chaos: Thomas Hakim, Julien Graff
Cinematographer: Paul Heintz
Editing: Jeanne Sarfati
Color grading: Clément Fourment
VFX: Thibaut Rostagnat
Sound: Grégoire Chauvot, Corvo Lepesant-Lamari


  • Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, France (31 January – 8 February, 2020)
    National Competition
  • Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, the Netherlands (1 – 5 April, 2020)
    International Competition
  • Festival Côté court, France (10 – 20 June, 2020)
    Art Video Competition
  • Norwegian Short Film Festival, Norway (10 – 14 June, 2020)
    International Competition
  • Palm Springs International ShortFest, United States (16 – 22 June, 2020)
    International Competition
  • IceDocs – Iceland Documentary Film Festival, Iceland (15 – 19 July, 2020)
    Short Film Competition
  • IndieLisboa – International Film Festival, Portugal (20 August – 10 September, 2020)
    International Competition Won: Best Fiction
  • Festival International du Film de Nancy, France (28 August – 6 September, 2020)
    French Selection
  • 25FPS International Experimental Film and Video Festival, Croatia (24 – 27 September, 2020)
  • Olhar de Cinema – Curitiba International Film Festival, Brazil (7 – 15 October, 2020)
    Competitive section Won: Best Film – Olhar Award
  • Message to Man International Film Festival, Russia (3 – 8 November, 2020)
    International Competition
  • RIDM Montreal International Documentary Festival, Canada (12 November – 2 December, 2020)
    Special: Contemplating Dystopia
  • ZINEBI – International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao, Spain (13 – 20 November, 2020)
    International Competition


Press materials

EPK: Click here

Stills, poster & director’s photo: Click here

Dialogue list English, French: Click here

Downloadable trailer: Click here