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14 Paintings

14 Paintings

历历如画
Dongnan Chen
China
2023
24 min
International Premiere
IDFA Competition for Short Documentary
Synopsis

The Chinese village of Dafen was once a place where thousands of professional painters made reproductions of Western masterpieces. At the government’s instigation, these artists now paint their own original works. Their paintings hang all over China, in a wide variety of settings, from hospitals to museums, and from offices and commercial buildings to outdoor public locations.

Fourteen ‘still lives’ show the diversity of the works. In carefully composed wide shots, the paintings with their locations and the people moving through them present a cross-section of modern China and a society in motion. A written statement by the respective creator introduces each painting.

The artists’ words sometimes convey hope and inspiration, but just as often, disappointment and fatigue. For most of them the shift to producing original work doesn’t represent a real improvement. Questions remain about the degree of artistic freedom they have and how their work is valued. Does the buyer see their work as an investment or merely as decoration? Is the work replaceable, or does it have lasting value?

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Credits
24 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Chinese
Director
    Dongnan Chen
    Dongnan Chen
Production
    Dongnan Chen for Tail Bite Tail Films,
    Jisong Li,
    Heying Chen
    Dongnan Chen for Tail Bite Tail Films,
    Jisong Li,
    Heying Chen
Executive producer
    Hongliang Guo,
    Xiaoli Sha
    Hongliang Guo,
    Xiaoli Sha
Co-production
    Jiaqing Lin,
    Chongjun Li
    Jiaqing Lin,
    Chongjun Li
Cinematography
    Xiao Xiao
    Xiao Xiao
Editing
    Xiao Yang,
    Sisi Chen
    Xiao Yang,
    Sisi Chen
Sound
    Pandy Peng
    Pandy Peng
Sound Design
    Bobo Lau
    Bobo Lau
World Sales
    CineFun Studio
    CineFun Studio
Screening copy
    Tail Bite Tail Films
    Tail Bite Tail Films

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14 Paintings

14 Paintings

Dongnan Chen
2023
24 min