New Video Shorts by Gu Changwei

In person: Gu Changwei, in conversation with art curator John Kong

Opening Night

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THARLO 塔洛

Opening Night

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Spectrum

This year’s COB Spectrum draws a China of remarkable plurality. Sounds, images and textures of the borderlands and social margins come to the fore. Stories are as powerfully voiced from the Tibetan highlands, refugee camps or uninhabited “ghost towns” as from the coastal big cities. One will as likely find Beijing filtered through Hohhot memories as Inner Mongolia, or the strait of water between colonial Hong Kong and Guangdong as historical noir lens.

Some of the 2016 slate were made within the imperatives of China’s vastly expanding and internationalizing entertainment industry, yet transform industry imperative with poetry and grace. Others engage more explicitly as works of art, yet bring no less urgency or acuity in their interrogation of pressing societal concerns.

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Directed by Gu Changwei

A SUNNY DAY </br>九月二十八日·晴

A SUNNY DAY
九月二十八日·晴

Directed by Ying Liang

THE HEDONISTS</br>营生

THE HEDONISTS
营生

Directed by Jia Zhangke

TRACES</br>遗址

TRACES
遗址

Directed by Wang Bing

A SIMPLE GOODBYE</br>告别

A SIMPLE GOODBYE
告别

Directed by Degena Yun

BEHEMOTH </br>悲兮魔兽

BEHEMOTH
悲兮魔兽

Directed by Zhao Liang

CROSSCURRENT<br/> 长江图

CROSSCURRENT
长江图

Directed by Yang Chao

DE LAN</br>德兰

DE LAN
德兰

Directed by Liu Jie

I AM NOT MADAME BOVARY </br>我不是潘金莲

I AM NOT MADAME BOVARY
我不是潘金莲

Directed by Feng Xiaogang

KNIFE IN THE CLEAR WATER </br>清水里的刀子

KNIFE IN THE CLEAR WATER
清水里的刀子

Directed by Wang Xuebo

THE FINAL MASTER </br>师父

THE FINAL MASTER
师父

Directed by Xu Haofeng

RIVER 河

RIVER 河

Directed by Sonthar Gyal

THE ROAD</br>大路朝天

THE ROAD
大路朝天

Directed by Zhang Zanbo

TA’ANG</br>德昂

TA’ANG
德昂

Directed by Wang Bing

THARLO</br>塔洛

THARLO
塔洛

Directed by Pema Tseden

TRIVISA 樹大招風

TRIVISA 樹大招風

Directed by Jevons Au, Frank Hui, Vicky Wong

YELLOWING </br> 乱世备忘

YELLOWING
乱世备忘

Directed by Chan Tze-woon

Dunhuang Projected

The 2016 COB sidebar takes its name from the Gobi Desert oasis town in northwestern China that was, for 1,000 years from 400-1400 CE, an important nexus of the Silk Road and the gateway for Buddhism from India into China. The town’s mile-long complex of caves holds the largest extant collection of Buddhist mural art and sculptures in the world, and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Marco Polo is reputed to have passed through Dunhuang, as did the 7th-century Buddhist monk Xuanzang whose 15-year-long journey to India to procure Buddhist scriptures was immortalized in the Chinese literary classic and now cinematic staple, Journey to the West. Dunhuang Projected asks what reverberations medieval Dunhuang may hold for our global present, and how it may do so filmically, correlating what was spiritual illumination in the dark—the cave art of Dunhuang—with what is literal illumination in the dark – the art of cinema.

A DEER OF NINE COLORS
九色鹿

Directed by Qian Jiajun and Dai Tielang

NIGHTFALL ON SHANGHAI Tombée de nuit sur Shanghai

Directed by Chantal Akerman

ATA 照见

Directed by Chakme Rinpoche

THE CAVE OF THE SILKEN WEB
盘丝洞

Directed by Dan Duyu

JOURNEY TO THE WEST
西游

Directed by Tsai Ming-liang

THE MONKEY KING 2
西游记之孙悟空三打白骨精

Directed by Soi Cheang

SAVING MES AYNAK

Directed by Brent Huffman

STAGE SISTERS
舞台姐妹

Directed by Xie Jin

Media Art Commissions

2016 COB Projects

Established and emerging sound and media artists showcase new work at selected China Onscreen Biennial screenings, creating unique experiential environments for theater audiences.

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