A Yangtze Landscape
Release year: 2017
Run time: 156 mins
Film type: Documentary
A Yangtze Landscape utilizes a non-narrative style to film thousands of kilometres along the river from the port of Shanghai to Qinghai/Tibet. Experimental music and location sound were added in post-production to create a magical realist film in which the environment contrasts with the decorative figures of people, as in traditional Chinese landscape scrolls.
Xu Xin was born in Taizhou, Jiangsu Province, in 1966. He is an independent documentary filmmaker based in Beijing and Nanjing. In his early years, he experimented with oil paintings and photography. His documentaries focus on marginalized communities in China.