‘Slow Singing,’ a Chinese Naturalist Sci-Fi Drama Screens at San Sebastian’s New Directors Section

‘Slow Singing,’ a Chinese Naturalist Sci-Fi  Drama Screens at San Sebastian’s New Directors Section
After having premiered at the First International Film Festival in Xining, China, “Slow Singing” now plays at San Sebastian’s prestigious New Directors section, its main sidebar. The debut film of Dong Xingyi is, as its title promises, a slow paced observation of the life of Junsheng, a former prison inmate who, after release, struggles to readjust to life in his hometown. Time, as he soon realizes, is a slippery notion.

Very much like the film’s protagonist, the Chinese director went back to his hometown, Anyang, in the province of Henan, delivering a patient and delicate meditation on his roots and time past that inadvertently becomes a kind of naturalist sci-fi film

Variety talked with the director in the run-up to the film’s bow at San Sebastian:

The first shot of your film is a clear statement of the overall formal approach, a slow tempo camera that moves like a distant observer.
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