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From the dGenerate Films Collection
Oxhide(Niu Pi)
Directed by LIU Jiayin
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Daily life in an impossibly cramped Beijing apartment takes on epic proportions in this, intimate portrait, with unprecedented access, of a working-class Chinese family.

Boldly transforming documentary into fiction, Liu Jiayin cast her parents and herself as fictionalized versions of themselves. Her father, Liu Zaiping, sells leather bags but is slowly going bankrupt. He argues with his wife, Jia Huifen, and his daughter over methods to boost business in the shop. A cloud of anxiety follows them into sleepless nights shared in the same bed. But through the thousand daily travails of city life, a genuine and deeply moving picture of Chinese familial solidarity emerges from the screen.

With virtually no budget and boundless ingenuity, Liu Jiayin's eye-opening debut, shot when she was 23 years old, consists of twenty-three static, one-scene shots within her family's fifty square meter home. Liu keeps her small DV camera in claustrophobic closeness to her subjects, often showing only parts of their bodies as their voices dominate the soundtrack. OXHIDE takes the microscopic physical and emotional details of a family and magnifies them on a widescreen canvas.

"The most important Chinese film of the past several years-and one of the most astonishing recent films from any country" —Shelly Kraicer, Cinema-scope

"Liu takes the film language of "realism" into an entirely new dimension." —Tony Rayns, Vancouver International Film Festival

"The most celebrated Chinese debut since Jia Zhang-ke's XIAO WU" —Mubarak Ali, The Lumiere Reader

Top 100 mainland Chinese films, Time Out Shanghai 2014
Hong Kong International Film Festival
Vancouver International Film Festival
Berlin Film Festival
  

110 minutes / color
Mandarin w/ English subtitles
Release: 2012
Copyright: 2005
Sale: $295

Subject areas:
Asia, China, Family Relations, Sociology, dGenerate Films Collection - Narratives



Related Titles:
Oxhide II: Breaking new ground, Liu Jiayin's follow-up to her masterful debut OXHIDE turns a simple dinner into a profoundly intimate study of family relationships.

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Old Dog: A family on the Himalayan plains discovers their dog is worth a fortune, but selling it comes at a terrible price.

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