A NEW OLD PLAY
HONG KONG, FRANCE | 179min
Film script: QIU Jiongjiong
Director: QIU Jiongjiong
Producer: DING Ningyuan, YANG Jin
Co-producer: ZHAO Jin, LI Yuwen, Jordane Oudin
Cast: YI Sicheng, GUAN Nan, QIU Zhimin, XUE Xuchun, GU Tao
Photography: FENG Yuchao "Robbin"
Music: DIAO Lili
Costumes: BAI Yun
Sound Designer: WANG Ran
Art Director: LV Xin
One evening in the 1980s, Qiu Fu, a leading clown-role actor in 20th-century Sichuan opera, is killed in an accident and must reluctantly set off for the Ghost City under 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 underworld.
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.
The Golden Horse Film Project Promotion 2017
CNC Cash Award
Hubert Bals Fund spring selection 2018
BoostNL 2018 / 2019
Locarno Film Festival
Concorso internazionale-International Competition
QIU Jiongjiong (born 1977) is an active contemporary artist and filmmaker in China. As an artist, his works have been exhibited all over the world (for a detailed curriculum vitae please see attached). As a filmmaker, his experiments with cinematic language and aesthetics in documentary film-making have earned him a reputation as one of China's most important independent directors. His experimental/documentary feature MR. ZHANG BELIEVES (2015), supported by a Sundance Post-Production Grant, premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival and has been screened internationally. JIAO MA TANG HUI (A NEW OLD PLAY) is his first fiction feature.