Cinéma du Réel - International documentary film festival
Through the Looking Glass
DR

Through the Looking Glass

Yi CUI

2017 / China / 14 min

i Thursday 30 March 21H00 Luminor
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Without dialogue + DEBATE

Shown with :
Juntas by Nadina Marquisio, Laura Martínez Duque
i Friday 31 March 13H40 Petite Salle
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Without dialogue + DEBATE

Shown with :
Juntas by Nadina Marquisio, Laura Martínez Duque
i Saturday 01 April 14H00 Centre Wallonie Bruxelles
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Without dialogue

Shown with :
Juntas by Nadina Marquisio, Laura Martínez Duque

“Through the Looking Glass captures the moment of a small festival organised by herdsmen and monks on a pasture in Golok to present films they themselves have made. This small celebration brings together Tibetan villagers, many of whom had to travel long distances on foot or horseback to attend the screenings. While at the festival, I was told by so many villagers how much they loved to see their own lives on the screen, and how they enjoyed it much more than what is on TV or in movie theatres.” (Yi Cui). On the heights of a Tibetan pasture, monks, shepherds and children gather in the evening. A large screen billows in the wind, the centre of attention for all eyes. Having made Of Shadows about a travelling shadow theatre (competed at Cinéma du réel 2016), the filmmaker here captures the nuances of passing day and night. The monks’ habits? Surely, these must be costumes given that everything, down to the tiniest bark of a dog, is decked with an exhilarating bustle. Then a tremor of laughter runs through the audience. By delaying the reverse shot of what everyone is getting ready to watch, Yi Cui brings back the pleasure of the dispositif of cinema’s early days, which still keeps the lightness of its fairground beginnings. (Charlotte Garson)

Production / Print source: Ibidem Films

Yi Cui lives between China where she was born and Canada where she studied cinema, after having worked in the field of ecology. She has directed several experimental short films, as well as the feature film Of Shadows which received the Library Award at Cinéma du réel in 2016.