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Chinese Portrait
© Front Films Company Limited / Chinese Shadows - Asian Shadows
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AUTEUR(S)-RÉALISATEUR(S)

Wang Xiaoshuai

IMAGE

Wu Di, Zeng Hui, Piao Xinghai

SON

Valérie Loiseleux

MONTAGE

Valérie Loiseleux

PRODUCTION / DIFFUSION

Front Films Company Limited, Chinese Shadows

ORGANISME(S) DÉTENTEUR(S) ou DÉPOSITAIRE(S)

Chinese Shadows

ISAN : non renseigné - en savoir plus
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Wang Xiaoshuai dresse le portrait intime de la Chine contemporaine à travers une compilation de portraits cinématographiques tournés pendant la dernière décennie : un paysan attendant la pluie, un touriste sur une plage bondée, un ouvrier du bâtiment après un tremblement de terre, un pêcheur qui répare son filet. Tous deviennent le visage d’un pays, d’une population et d’une société. Une expérience sensorielle de la Nouvelle Vague chinoise.

Passengers on a train, tourists at the beach, factory workers, farmers, construction workers and students: in a series of portraits, the famous Chinese independent film director Wang Xiaoshuai (Frozen, Beijing Bicycle, 11 Flowers) captures the state of his nation.
Each portrait is a carefully composed long shot, using a static camera that captures one or more people in motionless poses. But there's always movement somewhere in the frame: not all the subjects remain still, and animals, passersby and children don't obey the protocol. The resulting scenes are fascinating, moving photographs in which there's always something more to discover.
The director shows us a modern China that's a rich mix of new buildings and old courtyards, derelict industrial sites, countryside and big cities. What's most striking here is the seemingly endless amount of construction projects. This film is a motionless, non-narrative snapshot that calls a temporary halt to all this inexorable change.

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