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A film by Qiu Sheng
2019 / China / 118 min
Chinese Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 / NR
Pre-Order: Ships March 24, 2020
A striking debut from China’s Qiu Sheng, SUBURBAN BIRDS is a tantalizing mystery and a bittersweet coming-of-age comedy rolled into one. Hao (Mason Lee) is part of a team of young engineers called in to investigate a series of craters that have opened up on the edge of the city. As he and his team survey the subsiding area, another story is taking place in the same suburban landscape. A younger boy, also named Hao, spends long afternoons playing with friends and making mischief until one-by-one, his playmates start to disappear. As these parallel stories unfold, the connections between them proliferate and grow stranger.
With virtuosic assurance, Qiu employs distinct styles for each of the two narrative strands and unites them with a wry and wistful sense of humor. SUBURBAN BIRDS is both a reflection on the slippery nature of memory as well as a comment on China’s rapid urbanization that heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice.
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"Suburban Birds is a rewarding and revelatory first feature from a fresh artistic voice."
- The Playlist
"A spectacular directing debut... Its observations on the expanding cityscapes of China recall the work of Jia Zhangke, while its near-mystical quietude has accents one recognizes in the films of Apichatpong Weerasethakul."
- Glenn Kenny, The New York Times