CHINESE PORTRAIT | 我的镜头

Static shots capture China’s rapid transformation in this documentary from acclaimed Sixth Generation director Wang Xiaoshuai (BEIJING BICYCLE, SO CLOSE TO PARADISE, DRIFTERS). The series of long takes are each carefully composed, calling to mind a painterly or photographic style, taking in vast landscapes of urban and rural life while subjects pose for the camera. Shot over the course of ten years, Wang explores many regions of China and its diverse population, from fisherman to students, office workers to traditional musicians. Wang invites viewers to consider not only social change, but also how this transformation is represented on screen. Shooting on film and video of various aspect ratios, the documentary takes a quietly radical approach that shows a shift in cinema as filmmaking has moved increasingly from analog to digital over the past decade. Contemplative, subtle, and immersive, CHINESE PORTRAIT is a visually striking film that offers viewers an intimate window into Wang’s singular perspective of contemporary China. – Daniel Mauro

“More than just chronicling a country in transformation, CHINESE PORTRAIT signals seismic shifts in cinema as well.”
– Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter

DIRECTOR: Wang Xiaoshuai
PRODUCERS: Isabelle Glachant, Liu Xuan
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Qian Yini
CINEMATOGRAPHERS: Wu Di , Zeng Hui, Zeng Jian, Piao Xinghai
EDITOR: Valérie Loiseleux

LENGTH: 79 min
LANGUAGE: Mandarin
COUNTRY: China
GENRE: Documentary | Experimental

FORMAT: DCP
US DISTRIBUTOR: Cinema Guild

2018 Busan International Film Festival
2018 Hong Kong Asian Film Festival
2018 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
2019 True/False Film Festival
2019 Doc Fortnight, MoMA
Chinese Portrait Official Website