Chinese Portrait

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From acclaimed director Wang Xiaoshuai comes a personal snapshot of contemporary China in all its diversity. Shot over the course of ten years on both film and video, the film consists of a series of carefully composed tableaus of people and environments, each one more extraordinary than the last.Pedestrians shuffle across a bustling Beijing street, steelworkers linger outside a deserted factory, tourists laugh and scamper across a crowded beach, worshippers kneel to pray in a remote village. With a painterly eye for composition, Wang captures China as he sees it, calling to a temporary halt a land in a constant state of change.

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Dec 13, 2019

Chinese Portrait is a stunning work of photography and a simple work of empathy that asks, How much goes into making sure we all get to just live?

Metacritic review by Scout Tafoya
Scout Tafoya
Dec 12, 2019

Demanding attention, imagination and critical viewing from the audience, Chinese Portrait is nevertheless one for posterity.

Metacritic review by Clarence Tsui
Clarence Tsui
The Hollywood Reporter
Dec 10, 2019

The simplicity of bodies barely moving before a camera that brings their quotidian temporality into a halt is nothing short of a radical proposition in our digital era.

Metacritic review by Diego Semerene
Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine