France - USA - UK | 2023 | Color | Documentary | 61 min
DCP | Chinese
The film is a portrait of 86 years old Wang Xilin, one of China’s most important modern classical composers now based in Germany. During the troubled time of the 60’s, he was the target of severe persecution, enduring beatings, imprisonment and torture. The film exhibits the body and soul of a man scarred by a life of suffering, a "man in black" who is yet still capable of deep and sincere compassion. With excerpts from his Symphonies, he revisits some of the horrifying events that still live on in his memory as testimony to an era that saw the dehumanization of the entire Chinese nation.
FESTIVALS, selective list
- Cannes IFF 2023, Official Selection, Special Screening