Friday, April 5, 2019
Speakers: Qiu Sheng, Aliza Ma
Tickets: Members: $12*; Non-Members: $15
Location: Metrograph, No.7 Ludlow Street, New York NY 10002
Director: Qiu Sheng
Runtime: 118 minutes
Language: Mandarin with English Subtitles
A striking debut from China’s Qiu Sheng, SUBURBAN BIRDS is a tantalizing mystery and a bittersweet coming-of-age comedy rolled into one. Hao (Mason Lee) is part of a team of young engineers called in to investigate a series of craters that have opened up on the edge of the city. As he and his team survey the subsiding area, another story is taking place in the same suburban landscape. A younger boy, also named Hao, spends long afternoons playing with friends and making mischief until one-by-one, his playmates start to disappear. As these parallel stories unfold, the connections between them proliferate and grow stranger. With virtuosic assurance, Qiu employs distinct styles for each of the two narrative strands and unites them with a wry and wistful sense of humor. SUBURBAN BIRDS is both a reflection on the slippery nature of memory as well as a comment on China’s rapid urbanization. Most of all, the film heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice in Chinese cinema. Following the screening, Qiu Sheng will participate in a Q&A moderated by Metrograph Program Director Aliza Ma.
Qiu Sheng was born in Hangzhou, China. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering in Tsinghua before getting an MFA in film at Hong Kong Baptist University. He aspires to discover new ways of filmmaking. His short films, like Winterstare (2014) and Golfville (2016), have won awards and acclaim at China Independent Film Festival, Premiere Plans d’Angers and other international festivals. Qiu has taken part in the Golden Horse Film Academy and FIRST International Film Festival Youth Training Camp. SUBURBAN BIRDS is his first feature film.
Metrograph is a unique experience of seeing prestigious films; of stepping into a special, curated world of cinema, a world of hospitality harkening back to the great New York movie theaters of the 1920s, as well as the Commissaries of the Hollywood Studio back lots, a world inhabited by movie professionals screening their work, taking meetings, watching films. It’s the ultimate place for movie enthusiasts. From exclusive premieres to rare archival print screenings, book signings, special dinners, and events, Metrograph offers experiences for a wide spectrum of audiences, attracting diverse communities all drawn to the excitement of cinema and the magic of having a place to celebrate it. Founded and designed by Alexander Olch, Metrograph projects archive quality 35mm and state of the art digital video, and features the Commissary restaurant, a balcony lounge, a bookstore, and candy shop.