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 23 static, one-scene shots within her family's 500 square foot 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.
Best Film, FIPRESCI Critics Forum Prize and Caligari Film Prize, Berlin Film Festival
Best Digital Film, Hong Kong International Film Festival
Best Film Dragons and Tigers Award, Vancouver International Film Festival
Top 100 Chinese Films, Time Out Shanghai
"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
"A mesmerizing work; speaks volumes about urban life and changes in contemporary China."
Adriana Rosati, Asian Movie Pulse
"The most celebrated Chinese debut since Jia Zhang-ke's XIAO WU."
Mubarak Ali, The Lumiere Reader
"Liu takes the film language of "realism" into an entirely new dimension."
Tony Rayns, Vancouver International Film Festival