Liu Lan


B&W 35 mm film , sound


Liu Lan is a melancholy film highlighting the gulf between traditional and modern China through the story of a doomed love affair between an intellectual and a young country girl.

The celebrated Chinese director Yang Fudong made the 14-minute black-and-white film in 2003. It attests to the artist's reflections on the formation of identity and the dramatic tension it injects into life. The popular song "Why Are Lovers Always Apart?”, sung here by a woman, sets the mythological tone, whose tragic dimension is softened by an almost pictorial landscape aesthetic.

Liu Lan, a film by Yang Fudong in the Pinault Collection, was screened during the 2009 exhibition "Un certain état du monde ?" (“A Certain State of the World?”) at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow.