directed by Miao Wang, China, Usa 2017, 89’
Filmed in China and the United States, Maineland is a coming-of-age of two rich and cosmopolitan Chinese teenagers who move to an American college in the rural Maine. They are part of a very large group of Asian students enrolling in American private schools. The extrovert Stella and the introspective Harry are looking for a Western education, avoiding the feared admission exam to Chinese colleges and pursuing the dream of an experience abroad. Over time, their visions of the American dream take a downturn once they confront with a sense of alienation, cultural misunderstandings and identity conflicts, expressed to the director through profound reflections on the country in which they live and the country of origin.
Giovanni B. Andornino (University of Turin)