Northeast Asia

Organized Panel Session

4 - A Long Between: Cinematic Intervals of Nostalgic Homeland and Extreme Wasteland in Lou Ye’s Love and Bruises

Friday, July 6
2:40 PM - 4:10 PM
Location: Kadamba, Lower Ground Floor

Love and Bruises (2011), which was adapted from Jie Liu-Falin’s namesake quasi-autobiographical novel (2011), is the first foreign feature film by Chinese independent director Lou Ye. One obvious adjustment from the novel to the film is its overall direction towards “between-ness”, namely the enhancement of “between the two”: the relationship of man, between different things, cultures, ethnicities, and localities, between love and sex, violence and tenderness. This between-ness not only takes place in the story but also in the ways of storytelling itself. The film illustrates an aesthetic between-ness between the Chinese Sixth Generation of directors and the fashion of French new extremity, which refers to a cinematic style featuring an extremely brutal scene of sex or violence. Lou’s between-ness is about “the landscape of man”, which Lou Ye always describes his film as. It is also the cinematic intervals between east and west, between homeland and wasteland.

Austin Hsu

Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan

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