‘A River Runs, Turns, Erases, Replaces - Shengze Zhu’
Followed by a Q&A with the director
There are the images of before, the images of after and the letters. The images of after come first, they stem from the same surveillance camera in Wuhan, empty streets that only throng with people again on April 4th, 2020, when the siren also sounds and they stand in silence. The images of before form the rest of the film, the camera picking out scenes of unlikely, unostentatious beauty as it criss-crosses the metropolis, surveying each for minutes on end, like a city symphony without music. The four letters are addressed to a partner, a grandmother, a father and a daughter, all of them no longer here. Their words appear as text and the images they evoke settle over the ones on-screen. So much water under the bridge, but the river keeps flowing. It doesn’t forget. (James Lattimer)
Shengze Zhu works as a filmmaker and producer in Chicago. She made her debut, Xu jiao, in 2014. A River Runs, Turns, Erases, Replaces is her fourth feature-length film.
Rue Ravenstein 23 1000 BRUSSELS
- Subtitles: English
(USA, 2021, DCP, without dialogue, subtitled: English, 87’)