Location: Redstone Theater
Dir. Xiao Xiao. China. 2017, 101 mins. In Chinese with English subtitles. Filmed in woodcut-worthy black and white, Xiao Xiao’s attentive, meditative film tracks four seasons of a family in Turtle Rock, a remote village in China named after the resemblance of a local rock formation. For the past century, the village has been home to just seven families, all of whom moved to this mountainous region to escape war to forge a very simple traditional life. Native son Xiao observes the residents as they work the land and cook food, and carry giant bamboo trunks across steep terrain. Exquisitely made and intimately observed, Turtle Rock is the debut effort of a major new talent. New York Premiere.
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