SHORTS

 

THE POET AND THE SINGER
金刚经
Jingangjing

Directed by Bi Gan
2012, 26 min, digital

第九届北京独立影像展报名表,《金刚经》剧照3

 

A visually splendid poem that provocatively but elegantly juxtaposes a poet, a singer, a river, a pair of murderers, and the Diamond Sutra.

Producer: Xiao Xiao, Liang Kai, Bi Gan
Screenplay: Bi Gan
Cinematography: Bi Gan
Editor: Bi Gan
Music: Wu Bai
Sound: Wei Xiaojun
Cast: Chen Yonghong, Xie Lixun

Resolve in political matters, no matter if it’s on the left, the centre, or the right, commands people’s respect. But business interests cloaked in the guise of ideology are engaged in suppressing BIFF. This act is an insult to the concept of “ideology”. It makes one suspicious of most of China’s so-called questions of political idealism, which are in fact merely boring, pragmatic economic disputes. The force that suppresses unofficial images is undergoing a transformation: from political to commercial. Will this process even cheapen the spirit of independence itself?

-Zhong Su (Perfect Conjugal Bliss)

CINEMA ON THE EDGE