Oxhide II (Niupi er)
Introduced by series curator, Bérénice ReynaudDir. Liu Jiayin. 2009, 133 mins. Digital projection. With Liu Zaiping, Jia Huifen, Liu Jiayin. In 2004, at 23, Liu Jiayin made a stunning debut with Oxhide, audaciously shooting in CinemaScope in her parents’ 50-square-meter apartment. Her even bolder sequel is more tightly constructed. Nine shots go around a kitchen/workshop/dining table in 45-degree increments, performing a complete 180-degree match. Oxhide II is also dryly humorous, intelligent, and insightful, deconstructing the dynamics of a family in crisis. “A masterpiece . . . Inventive, quietly virtuosic,” writes David Bordwell.
Free with Museum admission.