Once Upon A Time Proletarian
  • Year2009
  • Duration76 min

While filming her drama ‘She, a Chinese’, director Xiaolu Guo found herself captivated by the peasants and onlookers who had gathered to watch the proceedings, and turned her camera to them. “I needed to film the dusty faces of the street, the curious and amazed faces of the peasants…rather than to be cleared out from the camera field.” She went on to film their stories, relayed here in twelve chapters, which stitch together a patchwork quilt of post-Maoist China, from the peasant working the field, looking back fondly on Mao’s days, to the jaded former soldier turned arms smuggler, to the teenage car washer struggling to adapt to city life. A theme running through these arresting, visually poetic vignettes is the often unappealing material desires driving these lives, reflecting the struggles behind China’s shift from a communal society to the capitalist powerhouse it is becoming today.

“A fresh literary touch – each chapter features a separate universe, where images appear to seamlessly match what is said and where words seem depicted more than pronounced.” - Toronto International Film Festival

  • Director(s): Xiaolu Guo
  • Producer(s): Xiaolu Guo, Pamela Casey
  • Country: China, United Kingdom, Germany
  • Language: Mandarin
  • Format: Video Digital Betacam PAL
  • Premiere status: None
Director Filmography
She, A Chinese
2009
An Archeologist’s Sunday
2008
We Went to Wonderland
2007
How is Your Fish Today?
2006
The Concrete Revolution
2004
Credits
Cinematographer(s):
Zhuzi X Vian
Music Consultant(s):
Klaus Maeck
Festival Supervisor(s):
Cis Bierinckx
Editor(s):
Philippe Ciompi, Arthur de Lipowski
Sound Designer(s):
Philippe Ciompi
Additional Music(s):
Matt Scott
Sales Contact
Name
Tanja Meissner
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Company
Memento Films International
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