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Dragonfly Eyes Xu Bing

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Qing Ting Zhi Yan

A woman leaves a Buddhist monastery, finds a job and meets a man. They fall in love, then are separated. Will they get back together one day? You never see the faces of the protagonists in this very simple story. Their faces are those of the mass of pixelated people seen in surveillance camera videos, used as the sole source material for Dragonfly Eyes. An acclaimed contemporary artist, Xu Bing’s first film is characterized by a daring and fascinating formal approach. Edited from nearly 10,000 hours of surveillance footage, this conceptual essay is both distanced and stunningly sensual. Gradually, it mutates into a caustic observation of our societies and their inherent violence. Dragonflies have many eyes, but short lives...

Presented in collaboration with The Department of East Asian Studies, Fantasia International Film Festival and Bell Media

Dragonfly Eyes

  • Country : China
  • Year : 2017
  • V.O : Mandarin, English
  • Subtitles : English and French
  • Duration : 81 MIN
  • Editing : Matthieu Laclau, Zhang Wenchao
  • Production : Matthieu Laclau, Zhai Yongming, Xu Bing
  • Writer : Zhai Yongming, Zhang Hanyi
  • Music : Yoshihiro Hanno
  • Sound Design : Li Danfeng

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