‘This selection showcases the creativity of Chinese women artists that is driven by the power of memories, including aspects from sensory experience to rational thinking. These works also illustrate their cross-disciplinary approaches, combining perspectives of anthropology, psychology and myth-telling.´ Chunning (Maggie) GUO
Second part of the program: Selection curated in cooperation with Yantong Zhu, filmmaker and chief curator of China Independent Animation Film Forum 2018
‘Adopting a micro-perspective the film creates a whole world of particles with an absurd circulatory system. It explains the law of conservation of energy with a seemingly scientific method and reflects on the female body, technology and humanity.’ (Yuxiao Yi)
My glasses were broken. Suddenly I discovered the advantage of being short-sighted. I found the sun bigger than usual and became accustomed to not looking at others, as they did not seem to be looking at me either.
Longhorn Miao’s Love Songs
An animated documentary about Long-horn Miao weddings, based on a participatory approach in working with people with minority backgrounds to ensure that their perspectives are represented. The aim is to create a visual archive of daily life and cultural events.
I PLAY YOU PLAY WE PLAY
The process of creation: Wooden blocks in geometric shapes (circles, triangles, squares) are constantly combined, transformed and moved around in a jigsaw game, forming figures, living creatures, artificial objects.
Bai Ri Yue Guang | Moon Light in Sunny Day
Yue Chen, Kanwen Chen
A young woman ignores all her mother’s care as she looks back on her childhood. A highly delicate psychological description.
My Little School
A little boy tells us stories that illustrate the simple yet happy life of children in a mountain village.
A bullied girl has a strange friend. Three times they are separated and meet again. Each time the boy is different from how she remembers him. Perhaps she never really knew him. All she knows about the boy comes from her own ever-changing and growing heart.
A Chinese herbal doctor tries to heal herself from sickness by making a soup of memory.
The Plum Blossom
In China, the flower is often used to represent the spirit of bravery and fearlessness. Using a classical Chinese song as background music, Jin Yu tells the story of a teacher who volunteered at schools in rural areas all his life. One of his students chose to follow in his footsteps.
The film shows the injuries inflicted on a girl who was sexually harassed.
My Seashell Memory
We drift through childhood memories; recurring motifs – a seashell, an orchid – express the artist’s love for her father. Like the shell’s vortex pattern, the camera swirls around soft pencil and watercolour drawings as they morph seamlessly from scene to scene.
Tricky Women - International Animation Filmfestival Vienna