Posts Tagged ‘san sebastian’

Oxhide director Liu Jiayin on the Wonders of Digital Filmmaking

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Chinese directors Zhu Wen (L) and Liu Jiayin (R) pose during a photocall at the San Sebastian Film Festival. Picture: AFP

The nine-day San Sebastian [Film F]estival… features 18 films made by Chinese directors over the past decade with the digital cameras, which make it cheaper to shoot and easier to skirt government censorship.

Chinese filmmakers are using digital cameras to explore new, more daring forms of storytelling and are covering marginalized characters and themes that were previously ignored.

“There really are many people who are filming in this format, which is the independent cinema in China,” said Chinese filmmaker Liu Jiayin, whose movie “Oxhide II” is in the film festival.

The movie features her mother and father as actors and the action takes place entirely inside their dark, dreary and modest home where the couple and their daughter discuss the state of the family’s failing business.

Like most Chinese movies made using the digital technology, the director also wrote the script.

“With this format I can do everything. Five or ten years ago if I wanted to shoot a film, I couldn’t have done it. Now I can,” said 30-year-old Liu, who invested all her savings to buy the camera she used to make the film.

– From The New Age.

14 Chinese Indie Films in Spain, curated by Bérénice Reynaud

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

September 26-October 13

La Filmoteca de Catalunya reprises

14 titles from the San Sebastian International Film Festival Program

“Digital Shadows: Last Generation Chinese Film”

The San Sebastian cycle was curated by Bérénice Reynaud, Co-Curator, Film at REDCAT; the second program was curated in collaboration with the Filmoteca de Catalunya

For more information: cultura.gencat.cat/filmo/

REN XIAO YAO / UNKNOWN PLEASURES (2002), Jia Zhangke
Jia Zhangke films Datong’s barren post-industrial landscape to portray the different ways a group of unsatisfied youngsters express their ‘disgruntlement’ with things around them: Bin Bin and his best friend, Xiao Ji drive their scooters aimlessly in a future with no hope. FIPRESCI Prize at the Singapore Festival.

September 26 and 27

LING YIBAN / THE OTHER HALF (2006), Ying Liang and Peng Shan
An efficient – and often humorous – mixture of documentary and fiction, told in fractured and punctuated mode with a series of fascinating illustrations filmed in the context of an industrial accident in the Sichuan city of Zigong. Winner of awards at the Tokyo, Jeonju and Singapore festivals.

September 28 and 29

MEISHI JIE / MEISHI STREET (2006), Ou Ning and Cao Fei
A powerful document on the havoc wreaked by the chaiqian (“demolition and relocation”) introduced by the government and companies hell-bent on revamping urban Beijing for the Olympic Games seen through the testimony of a restaurant-owner who refused to budge.

September 30, October 2

XUE CHAN / LITTLE MOTH (2007), Peng Tao
Debutant Peng Tao adapted Bai Tianguang’s novel Xue Chan, and spent weeks in the mountainous area of Hubei province selecting the cast of non-professional actors to depict the lives of professional beggars, deprived of the right to vote and occupying the lowest rung on the social ladder.

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