Born 1977, Leshan, Sichuan

A tailor by day, Fan Qihui would slip each night into a gown of his own design; add a wig, eight-inch heels, and a new personality; and become the “cabaret star” Madame Bilan de Linphel. In a kind of theatrical therapy session, this glamorous alter-ego would perform the story of Fan Qihui’s sad and lonely life, not for money or applause but for the comfort of having others “to play this game with me”. Soon after filming of Madame was completed, Fan Qihui committed suicide.

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