CHINA’S VAN GOGHS

December 3, 2020 in Archivio by cinedetour

Detour Cinema, Via Urbana 107 Rome
Feb 3 Saturday h6.30 pm / Screening in mandarin o.v., Italian subtitles

In collaboration with Wanted Cinema Distribution

CHINA’S CAN GOGHS

by Yu Haibo, Yu Tianqi Kiki (China, Nethelands 2016 – 82 min., o.v. italian sub)

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An intimate portrait of a peasant-turned-oil painter who is transitioning from making copies of van Gogh’s paintings to creating his own authentic works of art, emblematic of China’s Dream for the 21st Century: to go from ‘Made in China’ to ‘Created in China’. Until 1989, the village of Dafen in the city of Shenzhen, China was little more than a hamlet. It now has a population of 10,000, including hundreds of peasants-turned oil painters. In the many studios, and even in the alleyways, Dafen’s painters turn out thousands of replicas of world-famous Western paintings. Nobody thinks anything of an order for 200 Van Goghs. To meet their deadlines, painters sleep on the floor between clotheslines strung with masterpieces. In 2015, the turnover in painting sales was over $65 million.

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