Set in the largely abandoned town of Yumen in China’s western Gansu province, a once-thriving, oil-rich community in the 1980s has been left depleted and derelict. Yumen takes us through these desolate spaces abandoned by Chinese socialism, in a fragmented narrative of hungry souls, restless youth, a wandering artist and a lonely woman, all searching for human connection and a collective past among the town's crumbling landscape. Shot on 16mm the film has a ghostly quality that pays homage to a disappearing life-world and a fading cinematic medium.
Curated by AV Festival. English Premiere.
Mon 17 March 2014, 7.30pm
Newcastle NE1 2NP
Original language title: 玉门
Language: Mandarin Chinese/Gansu dialect with English subtitles
Production: J.P Sniadecki
DoP: J.P. Sniadecki, Huang Xiang
Editor: J.P. Sniadecki, Xu Ruotao, Huang Xiang
Sound: J.P. Sniadecki, Huang Xiang
Sales: Cinema Guild (North America only)
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