People's Park

People's Park

A film by J.P. Sniadecki and Libbie Cohn

People’s Park, J.P. Sniadecki and Libbie Cohn, AEB, 2012, 78', DCP

This film is like going for a walk: a single long take lasting for 78 minutes takes us through the popular park of Chengdu, in the province of Sichuan (China). There are people who walk, eat, dance, talk, sing, write, practice tai chi, observe and are observed. We are therefore presented with a film of rhythms, of pure movement: the movement of those who film and that of those who are filmed. The triangle closes, of course, in the cinema, with the public observing, inhabiting and walking through the images, living this block of space-time filmed one afternoon six years ago and now – thanks to the act of recording it at the time, and to the act of reproducing it now – brought back to life. Jury Prize at the Ann Arbor Film Festival (Michigan), 2013.