Yumen

Direction
Year
2013
Country
  • United States
  • China
Duration
65min
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Subtitles

Set in the quasi-ghost town of Yumen that once thrived with oil production in China's arid northwest, YUMEN is a haunting, fragmented tale 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. One part "ruin porn", one part ghost story, and shot entirely on 16mm, the film brings together narrative gesture, performance art, and socialist realism into a crude and radiant collage that not only plays with convention and defies genre, but also pays homage to a disappearing life-world and a fading medium.

Details

  • Original title
    Yumen
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Xu Ruotao, J.P. Sniadecki, Huang Xiang
  • Dir. of Photo.
    J.P. Sniadecki, Huang Xiang
  • Editing
    J.P. Sniadecki, Xu Ruotao, Huang Xiang
  • Sound
    J.P. Sniadecki, Huang Xiang, Ernst Karel
  • Duration
    65 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
    2013
  • Country
    • United States
    • China
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production

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