Chinese Portrait

In a series of moving portraits shot during a ten-year period, the famous Chinese independent film director Wang Xiaoshuai captures the state of his nation.

Each portrait is a carefully composed long shot. A static camera captures one or more people in motionless poses. The poses might be motionless, but children, animals and passersby do not stand still. The resulting scenes form a fascinating, kaleidoscopic weave of today’s China.

The director shows us a modern China that’s a rich mix of new buildings and old courtyards, derelict industrial sites, countryside and big cities.

Wang uses the documentary form to point at the disparity between rich and poor. The urban bourgeoisie spend their holidays enjoying sunshine on the beach while the rural underclass pray for rain.

Chinese Portrait is a motionless, non-narrative snapshot of today’s China, and as such it offers us plenty to reflect on.

Saija Holm

The film has no dialogue nor subtitles.

  • Name in Original Language: Wǒ de jìngtóu
  • Director: Xiaoshuai Wang
  • Country: Hong Kong
  • Year: 2018
  • Length: 79 min
  • Age limit: K12
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Wu Di , Zeng Hui, Zeng Jian, Piao Xinghai
  • Editing: Valérie Loiseleux
  • Production: Front Films Company Limited, Chinese Shadows


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  • Andorra: Sun 3.2. at 17.00