DIRECTOR: QIU SHENG
CAST: ZIHAN GONG, LU HUANG, MASON LEE
Qiu Sheng’s feature debut is a bold and beguiling opening salvo from a singular talent, twining together two distinct narrative strands—one involving land surveyors preparing for the laying of subway tracks investigating a strange phenomenon in the sinking soil of a suburban development, another following preadolescents as they rove unsupervised in the streets of the same town. These “halves” are separate and stylistically distinct, yet curiously interconnected by overlaps, rhyming images, and the presence of a character named Xiahao, in one part played by adult Mason Lee, in another, by young Gong Xiahao. In the space between these sections lays a gulf and a mystery, a challenge to the audience, as well as an invitation to surrender to the film’s particular poetic logic.
A Cinema Guild release.