DRAGONFLY EYES + Q&A
Dir. Xu Bing, China, 2017, 81 mins
All across China, surveillance cameras are tracking citizens as they go about their lives. Compiling diverse fragments of actual CCTV footage, Chinese artist Xu Bing constructs an unsettling fictional narrative: a young woman leaves a Buddhist monastery to begin a new life, working in various jobs until she ultimately finds fame online. With a voiceover that threads together disparate fragments, the film confronts us with an insightful yet troubling image of contemporary life and the technologies which regulate it. Instead of focusing on any single character, it is concerned with the texture of the present, exploring how the spaces in which we live and come to know ourselves are framed, increasingly, by the gaze of others.
UK Premiere + Q&A with director Xu Bing hosted by Tony Rayns.
Tony Rayns is a film critic, commentator, festival programmer and screenwriter. He is one of the world’s leading experts on East Asian cinema.