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Digital shadows: last generation chinese film
2011. 59th Edition
Films
Films
Thematic retrospective - DIGITAL SHADOWS: LAST GENERATION CHINESE FILM
Thematic retrospective - DIGITAL SHADOWS: LAST GENERATION CHINESE FILM
Choujue Dengchang / Enter the Clowns
Cui Zi'en
China 
With his first digital feature, Cui Ze?en ushered a new era for Chinese queer cinema. The film unfolds as a serendipitous succession of sketches on gay desire. Realism is not the rule of the game for Cui Zi'en, who intertwines long takes, mundane actions and non-professional acting à la Warhol with a more baroque, whimsical, surreal, but also darker inspiration.
With his first digital feature, Cui Ze?en ushered a new era for Chinese queer cinema. The film unfolds as a serendipitous succession of sketches on gay desire. Realism is not the rule of the game for Cui Zi'en, who intertwines long takes, mundane actions and non-professional acting à la Warhol with a more baroque, whimsical, surreal, but also darker inspiration.
Gong gong chang suo / In Public
Jia Zhang-ke
China 
This short documentary - which became the inspiration for Unknown Pleasures - is made up of 30 single-sequence shots filmed over a period of 45 days in which we can see anonymous passers-by, travellers, railroad and bus workers in and around the small mining town of Datong, in Shanxi Province.
This short documentary - which became the inspiration for Unknown Pleasures - is made up of 30 single-sequence shots filmed over a period of 45 days in which we can see anonymous passers-by, travellers, railroad and bus workers in and around the small mining town of Datong, in Shanxi Province.
Ren xiao yao / Unknown Pleasures
Jia Zhang-ke
China 
Jia Zhangke films Datong's post-industrial wasteland to frame the various ways a trio of disaffected youths are ?at odds? with their surroundings. Best friends Bin Bin and Xiao Ji have girl problems and wander aimlessly on their bikes, until they eventually meet Qiao Qiao, a model/singer only two steps from prostitution.
Jia Zhangke films Datong's post-industrial wasteland to frame the various ways a trio of disaffected youths are ?at odds? with their surroundings. Best friends Bin Bin and Xiao Ji have girl problems and wander aimlessly on their bikes, until they eventually meet Qiao Qiao, a model/singer only two steps from prostitution.
Cao ta ma dianying / Fuck Cinema
Wu Wenguang
China 
Fascinated with the concept of "personal documentary", Wu Wenguang edited the footage of an unfinished film into this Fuck Cinema, a pungent exploration of the unbalance between those who yield power in the film industry and the perennial outsiders: Wang Zhutian, a homeless peasant who tries to peddle his autobiographical script; young girls from the provinces auditioning for t...
Fascinated with the concept of "personal documentary", Wu Wenguang edited the footage of an unfinished film into this Fuck Cinema, a pungent exploration of the unbalance between those who yield power in the film industry and the perennial outsiders: Wang Zhutian, a homeless peasant who tries to peddle his autobiographical script; young girls from the provinces auditioning for the part of a hooker; and Xiao Wu, an illegal DVD seller hounded by the police.
Feng kuang de shi tou / Crazy Stone
Ning Hao
China 
Hounded by real estate speculators, a factory manager hopes to save his business when a precious piece of jade is found on his property. But now everybody is after the stone, from corrupt businessmen to gangsters, bimbo femmes fatales and small-time thugs. This film fired the starter?s gun for a new kind of comedy, made in China.
Hounded by real estate speculators, a factory manager hopes to save his business when a precious piece of jade is found on his property. But now everybody is after the stone, from corrupt businessmen to gangsters, bimbo femmes fatales and small-time thugs. This film fired the starter?s gun for a new kind of comedy, made in China.
Ling Yiban / The Other Half
Ying Liang
China 
Against the backdrop of an industrial accident befalling the Sichuan town of Zigong, Ying Liang mixes documentary and fiction to narrate the travails of Xiaofen, a secretary who has to deal with a slacker boyfriend, her mother's eagerness to find her a husband, an uneasy reunion with her long-missing father, the victimization of women in her law firm and an industrialist's ruth...
Against the backdrop of an industrial accident befalling the Sichuan town of Zigong, Ying Liang mixes documentary and fiction to narrate the travails of Xiaofen, a secretary who has to deal with a slacker boyfriend, her mother's eagerness to find her a husband, an uneasy reunion with her long-missing father, the victimization of women in her law firm and an industrialist's ruthless contempt for the welfare of his workers.
Meishi Jie / Meishi Street
Ou Ning & ekoizlekidea / co-produced by / co-producido por Cao Fei
China 
Ou and Cao gave a camera to Zhang Jinli, a restaurant owner and neighbourhood activist who kept refusing to move out when the government decreed the demolition of their neighbourhood prior to the Beijing Olympics. The resulting video, Meishi Street, is a powerful document on the ravage caused by the chaiqian (demolition and relocation) policy applied by government and corporati...
Ou and Cao gave a camera to Zhang Jinli, a restaurant owner and neighbourhood activist who kept refusing to move out when the government decreed the demolition of their neighbourhood prior to the Beijing Olympics. The resulting video, Meishi Street, is a powerful document on the ravage caused by the chaiqian (demolition and relocation) policy applied by government and corporations intent on urban renewal.
Xue Chan / Little Moth
Peng Tao
China 
"I have found a girl for you," says Uncle to his nephew Luo Jiang. "She's 11 years old and can't walk." The girl has been bought for 1,000 yuans (about ?100) so they can use her to beg in the street. The film, performed by non-professional actors, focuses on the beggars? everyday routine seen from the point of view of the children they exploit in their struggle to survive.
"I have found a girl for you," says Uncle to his nephew Luo Jiang. "She's 11 years old and can't walk." The girl has been bought for 1,000 yuans (about ?100) so they can use her to beg in the street. The film, performed by non-professional actors, focuses on the beggars? everyday routine seen from the point of view of the children they exploit in their struggle to survive.
Zhalai nur / Jalainur
Zhao Ye
China 
The Jalainur coal mine, reason to be for the last Chinese steam engines, is about to close. The old Zhu, a veteran train conductor, has decided to retire a few weeks early to be with his daughter, who lives miles away near the Russian border. His apprentice and close friend, Li Zhizhong, a train signalman, boards the train to be with him until the last minute.
The Jalainur coal mine, reason to be for the last Chinese steam engines, is about to close. The old Zhu, a veteran train conductor, has decided to retire a few weeks early to be with his daughter, who lives miles away near the Russian border. His apprentice and close friend, Li Zhizhong, a train signalman, boards the train to be with him until the last minute.
Wanmei Shenhuo / Perfect Life
Emily Tang
China 
This documentary/fiction hybrid interweaves the checkered lives of two women: one fictional, Li Yueying, who is uneducated, unskilled and repressed, but who decides to tempt fate and change her life; and another real, Jenny, whose marriage to a Hong Kong man ended in divorce and financial hardship. An intimate portrayal of women in China.
This documentary/fiction hybrid interweaves the checkered lives of two women: one fictional, Li Yueying, who is uneducated, unskilled and repressed, but who decides to tempt fate and change her life; and another real, Jenny, whose marriage to a Hong Kong man ended in divorce and financial hardship. An intimate portrayal of women in China.
Lao An / The Love of Mr. An
Yang Lina
China 
In this "personal documentary", director Yang Lina follows the romantic life of Mr. An, an 89-year-old from Beijing who has two passions in life: ballroom dancing in the park with like-minded enthusiasts; and his dancing partner, the 50-something Xiao Wei. Both Mr. An and Xiao Wei are married, and their respective families have their two cents to say about the relationship.
In this "personal documentary", director Yang Lina follows the romantic life of Mr. An, an 89-year-old from Beijing who has two passions in life: ballroom dancing in the park with like-minded enthusiasts; and his dancing partner, the 50-something Xiao Wei. Both Mr. An and Xiao Wei are married, and their respective families have their two cents to say about the relationship.
Yisi Erba / 1428
Du Haibin
China 
The 2008 Sichuan earthquake struck at 14:28 on May 12, killing 69,000 people and rendering 15 million homeless. Days later, Du Haibin arrived in Beichuan, the hardest hit town, and started shooting, letting his subjects address him freely. Fragments of (contradictory) reality therefore coexist without explanation, judgment or commentary, conveying an acute sense of chaos.
The 2008 Sichuan earthquake struck at 14:28 on May 12, killing 69,000 people and rendering 15 million homeless. Days later, Du Haibin arrived in Beichuan, the hardest hit town, and started shooting, letting his subjects address him freely. Fragments of (contradictory) reality therefore coexist without explanation, judgment or commentary, conveying an acute sense of chaos.
Xianshi shi guoqu de weilai / Disorder
Huang Weikai
China 
For this film, Huang Weikai collected more than 1,000 hours of footage shot by a group of amateur videographers in the streets of his hometown, Guangzhou. He then selected 20-odd incidents, reworked the images into quasi-surreal grainy black-and-white and montaged them to create a kaleidoscopic view of the great southern metropolis, in all her vibrant, loud and mean chaos.
For this film, Huang Weikai collected more than 1,000 hours of footage shot by a group of amateur videographers in the streets of his hometown, Guangzhou. He then selected 20-odd incidents, reworked the images into quasi-surreal grainy black-and-white and montaged them to create a kaleidoscopic view of the great southern metropolis, in all her vibrant, loud and mean chaos.
Niupi er / Oxhide II
Liu Jiayin
China 
While making and eat dumplings, each in their own way, two parents and their daughter exchange acerbic remarks on how to cut chives or what to do about the father's failing business. Through rigorous composition in only nine shots, director Liu Jiayin succeeds in making every gesture, every verbal exchange reorganise the balance of power between the three protagonists.
While making and eat dumplings, each in their own way, two parents and their daughter exchange acerbic remarks on how to cut chives or what to do about the father's failing business. Through rigorous composition in only nine shots, director Liu Jiayin succeeds in making every gesture, every verbal exchange reorganise the balance of power between the three protagonists.
Xunzhao zhimei gengdeng / The Search
Pema Tseden (aka Wanma Caidan)
China 
A film crew drives through the region of Amdo in search of the perfect cast to play in a classic Tibetan opera. Given that opera is a dying art, and Amdo society is undergoing profound changes, the challenge is to find performers who can still sing the parts. Not only that, but Drobe, the young woman who would be the most suited to play the lead part, has a romantic agenda all ...
A film crew drives through the region of Amdo in search of the perfect cast to play in a classic Tibetan opera. Given that opera is a dying art, and Amdo society is undergoing profound changes, the challenge is to find performers who can still sing the parts. Not only that, but Drobe, the young woman who would be the most suited to play the lead part, has a romantic agenda all of her own?
Weiwen / Condolences
Ying Liang
China 
In 2004, Ying Liang witnessed a horrible bus accident that became front page news. In Chinese, "monument" and "sadness" have the same pronunciation. Rehearsed and shot in 48 hours, the film, that unfolds through a brilliantly composed single-shot sequence, is a small monument to the dead and a tribute to the unspeakable (and unspoken) sadness of the survivors in the midst of a ...
In 2004, Ying Liang witnessed a horrible bus accident that became front page news. In Chinese, "monument" and "sadness" have the same pronunciation. Rehearsed and shot in 48 hours, the film, that unfolds through a brilliantly composed single-shot sequence, is a small monument to the dead and a tribute to the unspeakable (and unspoken) sadness of the survivors in the midst of a media circus.
Jiabiangou / The Ditch
Wang Bing
Hong Kong (China)-France-Belgium 
Between 1957 and 1958, 3,000 people labelled as ?rightwingthinking? by the Chinese Communist Party - largely for having expressed their opinion during the ?Hundred Flowers? period - were sent to the Jiabiangou Reeducation Camp in the Gobi desert. In 1960, the survivors were packed off to the Mingshui Annex. The film chronicles their last three months of imprisonment.
Between 1957 and 1958, 3,000 people labelled as ?rightwingthinking? by the Chinese Communist Party - largely for having expressed their opinion during the ?Hundred Flowers? period - were sent to the Jiabiangou Reeducation Camp in the Gobi desert. In 1960, the survivors were packed off to the Mingshui Annex. The film chronicles their last three months of imprisonment.
Xun Huan Zuo Le / The High Life
Zhao Dayong
China 
An exploration of the "low life" of characters who still dream of living big: a young con artist who swindles people newly arrived from the countryside in search of work: his girlfriend, who lives off a sugar daddy she can't stand, and a prison guard who forces inmates to read aloud the poetry he writes in his free time. All contribute their grain of sand to drawing an unconven...
An exploration of the "low life" of characters who still dream of living big: a young con artist who swindles people newly arrived from the countryside in search of work: his girlfriend, who lives off a sugar daddy she can't stand, and a prison guard who forces inmates to read aloud the poetry he writes in his free time. All contribute their grain of sand to drawing an unconventional portrait of Guangzhou.
Xiao dongxi / Thomas Mao / Thomas Mao / Xiao dongxi
Zhu Wen
China 
Thomas is a painter trekking through the grasslands of Inner Mongolia, and Mao the scruffy "innkeeper" who lodges him. A well-known parable opens the film: the philosopher Zhuangzi dreamt that he was a butterfly, but wondered if he wasn?t a butterfly who dreamt he was Zhuangzi? In real life Thomas Rohdewald is a diplomat from Luxembourg and Mao Yan one of the most famous contem...
Thomas is a painter trekking through the grasslands of Inner Mongolia, and Mao the scruffy "innkeeper" who lodges him. A well-known parable opens the film: the philosopher Zhuangzi dreamt that he was a butterfly, but wondered if he wasn?t a butterfly who dreamt he was Zhuangzi? In real life Thomas Rohdewald is a diplomat from Luxembourg and Mao Yan one of the most famous contemporary Chinese painters.
Hanjia / Winter Vacation
Li Hongqi
China 
In a gloomy little northern town in Inner Mongolia it's time for winter break, and the local kids have nothing to do, while the adults are apathetic. Tension mounts and breaks in unexpected, and often wickedly funny ways, bringing to mind the dry humour and laconic dialogues of Jim Jarmusch, Aki Kaurismaki or Samuel Beckett.
In a gloomy little northern town in Inner Mongolia it's time for winter break, and the local kids have nothing to do, while the adults are apathetic. Tension mounts and breaks in unexpected, and often wickedly funny ways, bringing to mind the dry humour and laconic dialogues of Jim Jarmusch, Aki Kaurismaki or Samuel Beckett.
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