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Breathless Animals

Directed by Lei Lei

USA / 68 mins / PG

Southeast Asian Premiere

Breathless Animals

动物方言

Southeast Asian Premiere

Directed by Lei Lei
USA / 68 mins / PG

SYNOPSIS

The director’s mother recalls growing up in Maoist China, a time of modernisation and violence. Her recollections are accompanied by old photographs and archived newsreels playing out in stuttering stop-motion rhythms. As bittersweet memories reach out to heal, fresh ruptures emerge too: abrupt visual silences, spectres of animals with grisly demises and an analog camera’s menacing whir.

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Personal consciousness is intimately braided with family folklore and a nation’s past, in this cinematic essay that is also imagining new image-sound relations. With its many points of access, Breathless Animals gently guides us into alternative histories, stories that elude aural and visual documentation and instead lurk in the spaces between.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Lei Lei makes films about the fringes of modern society. Doubly constructed by research and imagination, his works make connections between mediums such as in Recycled (2013), a gathering of anonymous photos. He has been a faculty member at CalArts’ Experimental Animation Faculty since 2017. Breathless Animals is his feature film debut.

CAST & INFORMATION

Year:

2019

Language(s):

Mandarin

Producer:

Lei Lei

Screenwriter:

Lei Lei

Contact Company:

Asian Shadows

Contact Email:

SCREENING INFO

Filmgarde Bugis Hall 6
Sat, 23 Nov 2019 / 2:00 PM

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