Yang Fudong: Screening of An Estranged Paradise

When 22 Aug 2013
Where University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
United States

Yang Fudong. Mrs. Huang at M Last Night, 2006. Courtesy of the artist, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris/New York, and ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai

In conjunction with Yang Fudong: Estranged Paradise, Works 1993–2013, BAM/PFA presents two films by the artist/filmmaker as well as a range of works that have influenced him. We kick of the series with his first film, An Estranged Paradise, and are delighted to welcome Yang in person at the PFA Theater along with exhibition curator Philippe Pirotte. The remainder of the series will follow in September.

Thursday, August 22 2013, 7pm
An Estranged Paradise (2002)

Beautifully shot and edited in lustrous B&W, this quiet masterpiece offers rare glimpses of life in China circa 1997. Yang Fudong’s first film is a poignant psychological drama that follows the activities of a young man in Hangzhou. Zhuzi is preoccupied with his sexuality—engaged to be married, he is tempted by romantic affairs with other girls. Physically, he suffers from a general feeling of sickness, but no illness can be diagnosed. It becomes clear that the true origin of his discomfort may be found in a profound discontentment; like many young Chinese of his generation, he feels strangely un-housed in his own life. (74 mins)

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