Yang Fudong: An Estranged Paradise

Approx. Duration: 1 hour 46 minutes

Yang Fudong: An Estranged Paradise

Approx. Duration: 1 hour 46 minutes

Yang Fudong: An Estranged Paradise

Approx. Duration: 1 hour 46 minutes

Yang Fudong: An Estranged Paradise

Approx. Duration: 1 hour 46 minutes

TIFF Cinematheque - Free Screen

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In support of acclaimed visual artist Yang Fudong's new installation New Women — commissioned by TIFF for the HSBC Gallery as a complement to the film programme A Century of Chinese Cinema — The Free Screen is pleased to present the artist's first feature film, which, like his new work, reflects Yang's fascination with the nascent cinema culture of 1930s Shanghai.

Yang Fudong in person!

Shot in 1997 and premiered at Documenta XI in 2002, An Estranged Paradise displays many of Yang's signature motifs — crisp black-and-white 35mm cinematography, storylines that blur contemporaneity with traditional stylistics, homages to/revisions of genre cinema akin to the early work of his influences Jean-Luc Godard and Jim Jarmusch — while also reflecting his early studies as a painter, notably in a prologue that muses on the traditional methods and subjectivity of Chinese landscape painting. Set in the city of Hangzhou (where Yang had studied at the China Academy of Fine Art), the film takes as its focal point a restless young man, Zhu Zi, following him as he aimlessly wanders through the city. Through a series of distinct vignettes, Yang depicts Zhu Zi's inability to find comfort in friends, lovers or environment as a reflection of the existential difficulty of China's "nameless generation," cast adrift during the rapid changes at the turn of the millennium.

An Estranged Paradise (dir. Yang Fudong \ China 1997/2002 \ 76 min. \ 35mm on video)



This programme is rated PG.

Guest Biography

    • Yang Fudong
    • Yang Fudong was born in Beijing, China, in 1971, and lives and works in Shanghai. An internationally renowned filmmaker, cinematographer, photographer, and video artist, he presented the first installment of a five-part work entitled Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest at the Venice Biennale in 2003 and completed all five parts for the Venice Biennale in 2007. He has also exhibited in Documenta XI (2002), the Shanghai Biennale (2002), the Carnegie International, (2005), and the Asia Pacific Triennial (2006).