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Film will live stream at the link above on August 25 @ 7pm

Directed by: Wang Xiaoshuai

Runtime: 79 min

Year: 2019

Country: China

Rated: Not Rated

Language: No Dialogue

Film Type: Dramatic

Format: Live Stream


From acclaimed director Wang Xiaoshuai (Beijing Bicycle; So Long, My Son) comes a personal snapshot of contemporary China in all its diversity. Shot over the course of ten years on both film and video, the film consists of a series of carefully composed tableaus of people and environments, each one more extraordinary than the last.

Pedestrians shuffle across a bustling Beijing street, steelworkers linger outside a deserted factory, tourists laugh and scamper across a crowded beach, worshippers kneel to pray in a remote village. With a painterly eye for composition, Wang captures China as he sees it, calling to a temporary halt a land in a constant state of change.

“A stunning trip through modern China, a vast country with a diverse population and landscapes. ”
-Alissa Wilkinson, VOX

“A spellbinding snapshot of a time and place, both of which are rapidly disappearing. ”
-Patrick Gamble, Kinoscope

“More than just chronicling a country in transformation, Chinese Portrait signals seismic shifts in cinema as well. ”
-Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter

Official Selection:

2019 Doc Fortnight, MoMA

2019 True/False Film Festival

2018 Busan International Film Festival

2018 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam

2018 Hong Kong Asian Film Festival

Featured, Live Stream

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 @ 7:00 PM9:00 PM MDT