Filmfest - A New Old Play
This epic film with powerful visuals is part theater and part cinema, an artistic encounter of the third kind, and a reflection on all of recent Chinese history (Mandarin, OmeU)
When two cheerful demons come to take old Qiu Yu to the underworld, he relives his vivid memories one last time before entering the afterlife. Born in China’s Sichuan province and orphaned at a young age, Qiu Yu is adopted by his late father’s acting troupe. The lice-ridden but talented youngster is a tenacious part of the team that aims to revolutionize Chinese opera. How he and the troupe are forced to adapt to the changing times and regimes from the Protected content onwards, how ideals are lost, and how people continue to dream and play despite all the private and collective losses they endure are the themes that artist Qiu Jiongjiong shares with us in his first feature film, based on the life of his own grandfather.
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