• Chinese Portrait

Chinese Portrait

a film by Wang Xiaoshuai
2019, 79 minutes



From acclaimed director Wang Xiaoshuai (Beijing Bicycle; So Long, My Son) 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.


"A stunning trip through modern China, a vast country with a diverse population and landscapes. "
-Alissa Wilkinson, VOX

"A spellbinding snapshot of a time and place, both of which are rapidly disappearing. "
-Patrick Gamble, Kinoscope

"More than just chronicling a country in transformation, Chinese Portrait signals seismic shifts in cinema as well. "
-Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter

Press Materials

High-Res Stills and Poster
Press Kit
Press Release

Where to watch

Opens Dec 13


Dec 13: Museum of the Moving Image - New York, NY
Dec 20-26: Lumiere Music Hall - Los Angeles, CA

Jan 24-30: The Beacon - Seattle, WA
Jan 24-30: Lark Theater - Larkspur, CA
Jan 25-26: Pickford Film Center - Bellingham, WA
Jan 31-Feb 6: 4-Star Theatre - San Francisco, CA
Jan 31-Feb 6: Facets Cinematheque - Chicago, IL

Feb 25 & 27: Guild Cinema - Albuquerque, NM

Apr 15: Cornell Cinema - Ithaca, NY

Festivals & Awards

Official Selection – Doc Fortnight, MoMA, 2019
Official Selection – True/False Film Festival 2019
Official Selection – Busan International Film Festival, 2018
Official Selection – International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, 2018
Official Selection – Hong Kong Asian Film Festival, 2018


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