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Xu Ruotao

Release year: 2009

Run time: 110 mins

Film type: Fiction


Combining narrative cinema, performance art, and experimental theatre, Rumination is a powerful fiction film that focuses on a handful of characters living in a desolate rural landscape during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution.


Director biography

Xu Ruotao, born in 1968 in Shenyang, China, is a visual artist and film director who lives and works in Songzhuang, a growing artist village on the outskirts of the Beijing municipality. Xu began his career in the creative community of Yuanmingyuan, China’s first independent artist village. He started making films in 2000 and has produced two features, Yumen (2013) and Rumination (2009).