A NEW OLD PLAY (椒麻堂会)
First show: August 21
“CRITIC’S PICK. Qiu Jiongjiong’s absurdist epic of 20th century China is both a movie and a play, both tragedy and farce.” – NY Times
One evening in the 1980s, Qiu Fu, a leading clown-role actor in 20th-century Sichuan opera, departs this world and must reluctantly set off for the Ghost City under the escort of two underworld officials. Along the way, he meets old friends. As they recall the past, earthly scenes creep into the mists of the Netherworld.
Qiu Fu’s life in opera unfolds against the backdrop of a secular upheaval. The “New-New” Troupe in which he grows up and learns his trade is affiliated with the military. As power shifts, the troupe is cast loose to wander rootlessly through a broken world. Despite this unsettled destiny, shaped by war, famine and political turmoil, Qiu Fu becomes one of the finest clown-role performers in Sichuan opera. And yet, one day he finds himself clapped in a pigsty as a political revolution rages outside.
Outside the Ghost City, sitting among familiar faces, Qiu Fu drinks the mandatory bowl of Forgetfulness Soup to erase his memory. A lifetime of hardship, pain and sorrow, all vanish as if they had never been.
Written and Directed by Qiu Jiongjiong. Director of photography: Feng Yuchao. Cast: Yi Sicheng, Guan Nan, Qiu Zhimin, Xue Xuchun, Gu Tao. Hong Kong, France. In Mandarin with English subtitles. 2021. DCP. 179 minutes.
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