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OXHIDE

(Niu Pi)

WATCH

Mandarin w/ English subtitles

Minutes: 

110

Director: 

Liu Jiayin

Narrative

2005

|

China

Institutional

OXHIDE

Trailer

OXHIDE

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

1/1

Shelly Kraicer, Cinema Scope

"The most important Chinese film of the past several years-and one of the most astonishing recent films from any country."

Adriana Rosati, Asian Movie Pulse

"A mesmerizing work; speaks volumes about urban life and changes in contemporary China."

Mubarak Ali, The Lumiere Reader

"The most celebrated Chinese debut since Jia Zhang-ke's XIAO WU."

Tony Rayns, Vancouver International Film Festival

"Liu takes the film language of "realism" into an entirely new dimension."