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14.-20. januar 2019

Program 2016

FOUR WAYS TO DIE IN MY HOMETOWN

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This four-part fiction film is as much poetry as it is narrative. First-time filmmaker Chai Chunya’s work evokes four characters – a poet, a searcher, a puppet master, and a shaman. Each of them has intense, deeply-rooted spiritual links to the land (the film was shot in and around the Gansu province) mediated by the four elemental symbols: earth, water, fire, and wind.

On one level, FOUR WAYS TO DIE IN MY HOMETOWN portrays the decay of the Chinese countryside in a time of strong urbanization, but the film’s logic is associative and dreamlike. Chai builds up a series of striking tableaux, hypnotically suggestive and pictorially spectacular. Two young women lose a camel, then a father. A retired shadow puppeteer meets a gun-toting tree thief. Storytellers and shamans evoke a lost spiritual world that Chai films back to life in spectacular and haunting visual motifs.

Orginal title: 
WO GUXIANG DE SI ZHONG SIWANG FANGSHI
Director: 
Chai Chunya
Screenplay: 
Chai Chunya
Photography: 
Huang XiaoYu
Actors: 
Gao Weixia, Yang Guiqing, Shi Tiansheng, Long Fanghe
Run time: 
1 hour 32 min
Year: 
2012
Country: 
China
Producer: 
Huang Jingwei
Age rating: 
15
Director info: 

Chai Chunya (b. 1975) is a Chinese filmmaker and novelist. He studied politics and law before working as a journalist. Chai grew up in a remote village in the Langxi Gansu province. FOUR WAYS TO DIE IN MY HOMETOWN is his first film.