This is Sanlitun

This is Sanlitun is an independent film shot entirely in Beijing: The film is offers a humorous and timely look at the bizarre world off expats trying to carve lives for themselves in modern China. It follows the travails of Gary, a balding and delusional expat who flies to China to make it big in business, not mention win back his ex-wife, Lin. When his business plans go awry, Gary meets Frank, an incompetent mentor and China know-all who promises to teach him about the real China, for a small fee of course! They hatch a series of madcap schemes to win his Lin back, failing time and time again. They never get the girl, but at least they learn a few things along the way: Just keep drinking!

About the film

  • Type
    Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date
    October 7, 2013, Háskólabíó
  • International Premiere Date
    September 8, 2013, Cinema 4 - Bell Lightbox
  • Genre
  • Length
    95 min.
  • Language
  • Original Title
    Svona er Sanlitun
  • International Title
    This is Sanlitun
  • Production Year
  • Production Countries
    Iceland, China
  • IMDB
  • Website
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
  • Color
  • Screening format and subtitles


Company Credits


  • 2014
    Beijing International Film Festival
  • 2013
    Toronto International Film Festival
  • 2013
    Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
  • 2013
    Reykjavík International Film Festival