Lei Lei: Breathless Animals and a selection of shorts

Lei Lei: Breathless Animals and a selection of shorts

Breathless Animals opens a wonderfully speculative space. Watching it is like feeling the distance between images, a chain of visual echoes.” — Hyperallergic 

Following its world premiere at the Berlinale and its U.S. premiere at Art of the Real, Breathless Animals constantly surprises and unsettles the viewer by keeping the titular animals off-screen—within the cadence of the speaker’s nonlinear memory. In this intimate, yet hypnotic, fictional “reconstruction” of what his mother experienced and dreamt about in her youth (the first television, the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution and its aftermath…), award-winning Chinese filmmaker Lei Lei brilliantly pushes the boundaries of experimental animation through an arresting, discrete emotional montage of archival photographs, newsreels and sound recordings, collected, reframed, processed and recontextualized. 

In person: Lei Lei 

Funded in part by the Ostrovsky Family Fund. Curated by Bérénice Reynaud, Steve Anker, and China Onscreen, as part of the Jack H. Skirball Series. An initiative of the UCLA Confucius Institute, China Onscreen promotes U.S.- China cultural dialogue through the art of the moving image. 


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MON 11/18
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff