Dragonfly Eyes

Xu Bing

IFFR 2018

Regained

  • 81'
  • China
  • 2017

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.

Director
Xu Bing
Country of production
China
Production Year
2017
Festival Edition
IFFR 2018
Length
81'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Qing ting zhi yan
Languages
Chinese, English
Producers
Xu Bing / Xu Bing Studio, Zhai Yongming, Matthieu Laclau
Production Company
Xu Bing Studio
Sales
Movie View
Screenplay
Zhai Yongming, Zhang Hanyi
Editor
Matthieu Laclau, Zhang Wenchao
Sound Design
Li Danfeng
Music
Hanno Yoshihiro