A New Old Play

(Qiu Jiongjiong, 2021, Hong Kong/France, 179 minutes)

While a loose plot synopsis—three-hour-long East Asian film about a theatre troupe—might call to mind recent Film Series hit Drive My Car, Qiu Jiongjiong’s A New Old Play is perhaps closer to the epic scope of Farewell My Concubine but with decidedly more indie sensibilities. Winner of the special jury prize at Locarno last year, A New Old Play follows Qiu Yu, a Sichuan opera clown, from the 1930s to the 1980s. With a gunmetal gray aesthetic that suggests An Elephant Sitting Still and a leaning toward telling its story in a series of tableaux that would make Roy Andersson proud, Maria Giovanna Vagenas of Senses of Cinema says that A New Old Play “revives the ancient Sichuan Opera tradition with the magic touch of a modern-day Méliès.”

In Mandarin with English subtitles.

Sunday, May 29 at 7:30pm

Winifred Moore Auditorium
470 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119

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