30.09. - 09.10.2021

Yumen China 2013 | 65 min | OV with English subtitles, OV | Colour | FF 2015

John Paul Sniadecki

JOHN PAUL SNIADECKI comes from Michigan, USA. His films lie somewhere between art, cinema and ethnography. He also works as a curator.

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
Yumen lies in Gansu province, in the dry North-West of China. Once a flourishing city that profited from the oil boom in the region, today Yumen is a ghost town in which hungry souls roam the ruined landscape looking for human contact and a shared past. Shot entirely on the long-forgotten medium of 16mm, the film combines performance art with socialist realism, ruin voyeurism and an homage to a forgotten industrial age.

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


Original title: Yu Men
Film type: Experimental
Original language: Chinese
Section: Asia Express
Language and subtitles: OV with English subtitles, OV
Director: Xu Ruotao, John Paul Sniadecki, Huang Xiang
Screenplay: Xu Ruotao, John Paul Sniadecki, Huang Xiang
Producer: Xu Shan, Xu Ruotao, John Paul Sniadecki
Director of Photography: John Paul Sniadecki, Huang Xiang
Production Design:
Editor: John Paul Sniadecki, Xu Ruotao, Huang Xiang
Sound: 0
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Format: dcp
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Production: The Sensory Ethnography Lab; The Film Study Center at Harvard University


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