30.09. - 09.10.2021

The Eight Trigrams (Gossip) China 2014 | 78 min | OV with English subtitles, OV | Colour | FF 2015

Huang Xiang

HUANG XIANG (*1974) lives and works in Beijing. He was arrested for his performance piece Jasmine Flower and his artistic work and exhibitions were subsequently banned. Today he dedicates himself mainly to independent film-making.

rated for 0 + years
A tired steel worker listens as her colleagues gossip. After a while, she escapes into the lush, flower-filled meadows of her imagination. The eight trigrams of the title refer to a traditional practice of fortune-telling in China. When the expression eight trigrams occurs nowadays, it means chitchat. Huang Xiang questions the relationship between illusion and reality. Universal order or idle talk? All a question of perspective.

This film is part of the special series "Chinese Independent Cinema".


Original title: Ba Gua
Film type: Experimental
Original language: Chinese
Section: Asia Express
Language and subtitles: OV with English subtitles, OV
Director: Huang Xiang
Screenplay: Childish Film Studio
Producer: Bai Yanjun
Director of Photography: Huang Xiang, Liu Yingxia, Cui Kai, He Jian
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Editor: Huang Xiang
Sound: 0
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Format: dcp
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Production: Childish Film Studio


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