A NEW OLD PLAY
A NEW OLD PLAY

A NEW OLD PLAY

Director Qiu Jiongjiong

Production year 2021

Length 179min.

Country Hong Kong/France

screenings

08 Oct 2021 12․00 Moscow Cinema, Blue Hall
08 Oct 2021 19․00 Moscow Cinema, Blue Hall

SYNOPSIS

One evening in the 1980s, Qiu Fu, a leading clown-role actor in 20th-century Sichuan opera, departs this world and must reluctantly set off for the Ghost City under escort of two underworld officials.  Along the way, he meets old friends.  As they recall the past, earthly scenes creep into the mists of the Netherworld. Qiu Fu’s life in opera unfolds against the backdrop of a secular upheaval. The "New-New'' Troupe in which he grows up and learns his trade is affiliated with the military. As power shifts, the troupe is cast loose to wander rootlessly through a broken world. Despite this unsettled destiny, shaped by war, famine and political turmoil, Qiu Fu becomes one of the finest clown-role performers in Sichuan opera. And yet, one day he finds himself clapped in a pigsty as a political revolution rages outside. Outside the Ghost City, sitting among familiar faces, Qiu Fu drinks the mandatory bowl of Forgetfulness Soup to erase his memory. A lifetime of hardship, pain and sorrow, all vanish as if they had never been.

Awards

Special Prize | Locarno IFF, International Competition, Switzerland, 2021

CAST & CREW

Qiu Jiongjiong
Qiu Jiongjiong

Director

Producer(s)

Ding Ding, Yang Jin

Script

Qiu Jiongjiong

Director of Photography

Feng Yuchao “Robbin”

Production designer

Qiu Jiongjiong

Music by

Diao Lili

Sound

Wang Ran

Edit

Qiu Jiongjiong

Cast

Yi Sicheng, Guan Nan, Qiu Zhimin, Xue Xuchun, Gu Tao

Production company(ies)

Uluka Productions

Qiu Jiongjiong

Born 1977. Qiu Jiongjiong 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 and has been screened internationally. A New Old Play) is his first fiction feature.


Filmography

The Moon Palace (2007, doc,), Madame (2010, doc,), My Mother’s Rhapsody (2012, doc,), Mr. Zhang Believes (2015, doc,), A New Old Play (2021).

FILMS 2021