THE SWIM 游
Director: He Xiangyu
DCP, color, in Mandarin w/ English s/t, 117 min.
Visual artist He Xiangyu returns to his hometown by the Yalu river that runs between China and North Korea. It’s a bucolic landscape haunted, we learn, by a hidden history of war, human trafficking and clashing ideologies. In the final scene, He plunges into the Yalu River and swims toward North Korea in broad daylight.
PEACH BLOSSOM FISH 鱲
Director: Chen Hailu, Shi Yi
North American Premiere
DCP, color, in Mandarin w/ English s/t, 9 min.
In a lyrical animated realm evocative of the mythic Peach Blossom Land, a squirrel and a fish discover new ways of interspecies co-existence.
A China Onscreen Biennial Spectrum film.
This program is presented by the UCLA Film & Television Archive.