Jiongjiong Qiu

Jiongjiong Qiu

China

In a dark room, a screen brightens. A shape, like a drunken magician, summons creatures large and small to their places, where they stretch and settle. Just before the light fades, they evaporate, like clowns smiling faintly or making faces. That's the kind of film I like to make.

QIU Jiongjiong (born 1977) is an active contemporary artist and filmmaker in China. His work as an artist has been exhibited worldwide. As a filmmaker, his experiments with cinematic language and aesthetics in documentary film-making have earned him a reputation as one of China's most important independent directors. His experimental/documentary feature MR. ZHANG BELIEVES (2015) premiered at Locarno FF and has been screened internationally. A NEW OLD PLAY (2021) is his first fiction feature and won the Special Jury Prize at Locarno FF.