Oxhide II (Niupi er)

Part of Tales from the New Chinese Cinema
Saturday, April 30, 2011, 2:00 p.m.

Introduced by series curator, Bérénice Reynaud

Dir. Liu Jiayin. 2009, 133 mins. Digital projection. With Liu Zaiping, Jia Huifen, Liu Jiayin. In 2004, at 23, Liu Jiayin made a stunning debut with Oxhide, audaciously shooting in CinemaScope in her parents’ 50-square-meter apartment. Her even bolder sequel is more tightly constructed. Nine shots go around a kitchen/workshop/dining table in 45-degree increments, performing a complete 180-degree match. Oxhide II is also dryly humorous, intelligent, and insightful, deconstructing the dynamics of a family in crisis. “A masterpiece . . . Inventive, quietly virtuosic,” writes David Bordwell.

Free with Museum admission.

Download the program notes