Cinema Guild acquires Wang Xiaoshuai's Chinese Portrait
NEW YORK, NY- Cinema Guild announced today the acquisition of all U.S. distribution rights to Chinese Portrait by Wang Xiaoshuai (Beijing Bicycle; So Long, My Son). The film premiered at the Busan Film Festival and will play at MoMA’s Doc Fortnight and the True/False Film Festival. It will open in theaters later this year.
With Portrait, Wang presents 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.
With Chinese Portrait, Wang Xiaoshuai transcends language to present a compelling picture of the China he knows, a China that is rapidly changing," said Cinema Guild President Peter Kelly. "We can't wait for audiences in the U.S. to see this visually stunning and intensely personal film."
The deal was negotiated by Peter Kelly of Cinema Guild with Maria Ruggieri of Asian Shadows.
Cinema Guild is a premier distributor of international cinema, independent films and documentaries, whose recent releases include the Academy Award® -nominated Hale County This Morning, This Evening, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s The Wild Pear Tree and Hong Sangsoo’s Hotel by the River. Upcoming releases include Hong Sangsoo’s Grass and Qui Sheng’s Suburban Birds.
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