Documentary about the creation of the chamber opera Si Fan, composed by Chinese composer Guo Wenjing in 2015 for the Nieuw Ensemble. In Si Fan (‘yearnings of love’), Guo combines traditional opera from his native Sichuan with his own music. "I don’t think when composing, I follow my heart", Guo says to Ed Spanjaard, head conductor of the Nieuw Ensemble, who comes to visit him in China to learn about the secrets of Sichuan opera. In this painstaking film, Shen Tiemei, the star singer of the Sichuan opera, speaks about the differences between East and West, and between tradition and the modern age.

Inner Landscape is the second part of a tetralogy, the first part of which premiered at IDFA in 2011 (Gozaran Time Passing, about Iranian composer Nader Mashayekhi). Director/producer Frank Scheffer made a 'work in progress' with the same title in 2015.

On Fri 1 Feb with live Chinese opera.

Screenings

  • Sun 27 Jan Cinerama 4
    English subtitles
    Tickets
  • Tue 29 Jan Pathé 7
    English subtitles
    Tickets
  • Fri 1 Feb Doelen Willem Burger Zaal
    English subtitles
    Tickets
  • Sat 2 Feb Cinerama 1
    English subtitles
    Tickets
Filmmaker
Frank Scheffer
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Netherlands, China
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
90’
Language
Chinese, English, Dutch
Producer
Niek Koppen, Jan de Ruiter, Pieter van Huystee, Jia Zhao
Production Company
Selfmade Films, Pieter van Huystee Film & TV, Muyi Film
Sales
Selfmade Films
Writer
Frank Scheffer
Cinematography
Melle van Essen, Joewi Verhoeven, Benito Strangio, Jean Cournet, Frank Scheffer
Editor
Menno Boerema, Theo Raben, Jos Driessen, Frank Scheffer
Sound Design
Mark Glynne
Music
Guo Wenjing