My Mother's Rhapsody
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    My Mother's Rhapsody

    Directed by

    China

    2012

    105 min

    • Mandarin

    Documentary

    Tied together by a structure that separates the film into several plays, the director interviews his grandmother and asks her to look back on her 86-year-old life. Rhapsody is filled with great stories, both funny and tragic, as well as some fine storytelling. Along the way, the director also brings in other relatives – not a surprise, since many have appeared in Qiu’s previous documentaries. His father is a regular interviewee, who retells some of the grandmother’s tales in an entirely different light, highlighting the subjective nature of oral history.

    Production
    ALLWAYS PICTURES
    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.

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