Film Premier: ‘Silhouette/Shadow’ (Gao Xingjian)

June 3, 2008 at 10:20 am Leave a comment

presented by Assoc. Prof. Mabel Lee of the Department of Chinese Studies and the Chinese Studies Alumni Association


Time: 5.00 – 8.00pm

Thursday 5 June
Venue: Education Lecture Theatre 351
Education Building, Manning Rd

Light refreshments will be served.
enquiries: Dr Yiyan Wang

Gao Xingjian

Gao Xingjian is a novelist, playwright and artist and the 2000 Nobel Laureate for Literature. Silhouette/Shadow is the first of his films to be produced and he calls it a “cinematic poem”. Three previous screenplays, “Hua Dou” (1982), “Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather” (1986) and “In an Instant” (1990) remain unproduced, although all were published as short stories.
From the outset, Gao Xingjian had a definite idea of the sort of film he wanted to create. In what he calls “tripartite” film the three components—images, sounds or music, and language—are each independent and autonomous, and each can in turn predominate to form an independent theme, while the other two components serve to complement or contrast.
Silhouette/Shadow is autobiographical, and a large amount was filmed in the City of Marseille, where 2003 was proclaimed “Gao Xingjian Year” with an exhibition of his artworks and performances of his play The Man Who Questions Death and his opera Snow in August.


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