ARE WE REALLY SO FAR FROM THE MADHOUSE? 2010
Director/Cinematographer/Editor: Li Hongqi. Producer: Alex Chung. Composer: P.K. 14, Dear Eloise. Cast: P.K. 14.
Li Hongqi followed his critically acclaimed fiction feature WINTER VACATION (2010) with this, his first documentary, a film as mesmerizing and unsettling as his fiction work – even as it’s harder to pin down. Joining China’s art rockers P.K. 14 (short for “Public Kingdom for Teens”) on their first national tour, Li’s camera surrenders to the flow of life on the road. What might be standard concert film footage, Li renders utterly absorbing through rigorous formal experimentation, including an asynchronous soundtrack that shifts between the band’s own sonic swirls and a discordant mashup of animal growls. To quote one of the P.K. 14 songs, it’s a “mysterious chaos” that captures the restlessness of contemporary China. – Paul Malcolm
HDCAM, color, Putonghua with English subtitles, 87 min.
UCLA Film & Television Archive
Billy Wilder Theater
Courtyard Level, Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard (at the intersection of Wilshire and Westwood Boulevards)
Los Angeles, CA 90024
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UCLA Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024