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