Huang Xiang, J.P. Sniadecki, Xu Ruotao, Yumen, 2013

Huang Xiang, J.P. Sniadecki, Xu Ruotao, Yumen, 2013

Huang Xiang, J.P. Sniadecki, Xu Ruotao, Yumen, 2013

Huang Xiang, J.P. Sniadecki, Xu Ruotao, Yumen, 2013

Huang Xiang, J.P. Sniadecki, Xu Ruotao, Yumen, 2013

Huang Xiang, J.P. Sniadecki, Xu Ruotao, Yumen, 2013

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.

Credit
Curated by AV Festival. English Premiere. 

Yumen
Dir. J.P. Sniadecki, Xu Ruotao & Huang Xiang

£5/£3.50

Mon 17 March 2014, 7.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Stepney Bank
Newcastle NE1 2NP
starandshadow.org.uk

FILM CREDITS
Original language title: 玉门
Year: 2013
Runtime: 65min
Format: Blu-ray
Country: China/USA
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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