The perfect boyfriend? In Shanghai they are simply for rent. The simu­lated emotions do lead to confu­sion in both camps in this post­modern portrait of the Asian metropolis.

In dynamic Shanghai, Leonardo and his shining example Sly earn a living as host boys’, a kind of emo-gigolos whose wage depends on the patrons’ cham­pagne consump­tion. In the club, they play on women’s feel­ings by assuming custom-made person­al­i­ties: from brat to rogue or romantic soul. One strict rule prescribes that the amorous trans­ac­tions are limited to the club’s inte­rior. Still, Leonardo takes one of his regular clients — a host girl herself — home. Is, apart from love, inti­macy or even a family tie for sale? And what exactly is the differ­ence between a real and a simu­lated rela­tion­ship? Director David Verbeek shot his film in the ten days he was waiting for funding for his film R U There, which was later selected for Cannes; however, the comple­tion took another two and a half years. Club Zeus, too, is imbued with a post­modern spirit and, although style-wise indebted to the Asian masters Verbeek admires, shot in a much more casual style.

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Production Design
Sound editing
Sound Design
Visual Effects

Title: Club Zeus
Year: 2011
Duration : 1 hour, 15 minutes
Category: Feature film
Edition: NFF 2011

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