Qing ting zhi yan

Chinese artist Xu Bing compiled his directorial debut from thousands of hours of footage from security cameras. With poet Zhai Yongming and screenwriter Zhang Hanyi he weaves a story involving two characters around these images. The young woman, Qing Ting (her name means ‘dragonfly’), leaves a Buddhist monastery and moves to the city. There she meets Ke Fan, and an intense friendship evolves. Will it become more than that?

Many asides are presented through security and dash cam footage – by turns frightening, poetic and mundane. For example, a girl is so immersed in her telephone that she doesn’t realise she’s walking straight towards a pond. A cow also clambers out of a moving truck, then stands somewhat lost in the middle of the motorway.

In this non-fiction version of The Truman Show, everyone is an actor without knowing it, and Bing delivers a commentary on (in)visibility, our obsessive media culture and contemporary China.

Filmmaker
Xu Bing
Country
China
Year
2017
Medium
DCP
Length
81’
Language
Chinese, English
Producer
Xu Bing, Zhai Yongming, Matthieu Laclau
Production Company
Xu Bing Studio
Sales
Movie View
Writer
Zhai Yongming, Zhang Hanyi
Editor
Matthieu Laclau, Zhang Wenchao
Sound Design
Li Danfeng
Music
Hanno Yoshihiro