SAUNA ON MOON 2011
Director/Screenwriter/Production Designer: Zou Peng. Producer: Chen Zhiheng. Cinematographer: Yu Lik-wai. Editor: Wenders Li. Sound: Zhang Yang. Composer: Wang Lei. Cast: Wu Yuchi, Yang Xiaomin, Lei Ting, Zhan Yi, Meng Yan.
Zou Peng’s dazzling second feature witnesses life at a boisterous sauna/brothel in the Southern Chinese industrial heartland of Guangdong. The sauna workers, older and younger women alike, observe a brisk regimen of rehearsing the art of providing pleasure, in the interest of creating the region’s leading pleasure palace for high-rolling “special guests.” Zou eschews easy moralistic conclusions about the politics of power, preferring instead to portray a social ecology built around the unabashed pursuit and uses of money. The fantastical factory that is the sauna becomes a vortex of ironies, prompting both scopophilic pleasure and an uncanny catalog of the effects of China’s economic divides. – Shannon Kelley
35mm, color, Putonghua with English subtitles, 93 min.
North American Premiere
THE PEOPLE’S SECRETARY 2010
Director/Producer/Editor: Zhang Qing. Cast: Wang Zhixin, Lu Yuzhen, Lu Tinghai, Zhang Weicheng.
Installation artist Zhang Qing employs the ubiquity of closed-circuit television cameras to amplify a cheeky satire, with multiple video feeds bearing witness to the super-human good works of a community leader, recounted in a style that echoes Chinese television of the 1980s.– Paul Malcolm
DVD, color, Mandarin with English subtitles, 18 min.
This program has been made possible with funding support from the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies.
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