A New Old Play
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    A New Old Play

    Jiao Ma Tang Hui

    Directed by

    Hong Kong, France

    2021

    179 min

    • Chinese

    Drama

    Set in Sichuan in the early 1900s, story of an acting troupe over a 60-year period, seen both on and off stage, as they portray kings and queens, ghosts and goblins, scholars and beauties.

    Awards

    • Special Jury Prize, International Competition - Locarno FF

    Festivals

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    Credits

    Screenplay
    Qiu Jiongjiong
    Cinematography
    Robbin Feng
    Editing
    Qiu Jiongjiong
    Music
    Diao Lili
    Production
    MIDNIGHTBLUR FILMS

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    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.

    Selected Filmography