A Yangtze Landscape
Any future book on documentary film history will have to mark a place of honor for Xu Xins Karamay. Even among the field of exceptional work by Chinas independent documakers, Xins fourth film is an astonishing achievement on every level...Variety Following on his acclaimed 2010 film Karamay filmmaker Xu Xin returns with a meditative journey across China, evoking the best of Frederick Wisemans observational cinema paired with his own unique style. A Yangtze Landscape utilizes a non-narrative style, setting off from the Yangtze's marine port Shanghai, filming all the way to the Yangtze River's source in Qinghai/Tibet - filming a total distance of thousands of kilometers. Music and noise recorded live on scene are used in post-production, painstakingly paired with relatively independent visuals, creating a magically realistic atmosphere contrasted with people seeming to be 'decorative figures' right out of traditional Chinese landscape scrolls. An epic documentary that reflects on the grandeur and melancholy of the Yangtze River as a poignant metaphor for the violence and chaos of contemporary China.
Expected to Attend: Director Xin Xu
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