Oxhide II

“Breaking new ground in cinematic art, Liu Jiayin’s follow-up to her masterful debut, Oxhide, turns a simple dinner into a profoundly intimate study of family relationships. Liu once again casts herself and her parents in scripted versions of their life in a tiny Beijing apartment. Liu takes her uncompromising artistry to the extreme, setting all of the action around the family dinner table, which doubles as her father’s leather-making station.As the workbench is cleared for the family to make a dinner of dumplings, the camera catches every meticulous detail of the action in real time. Small moments between family members reveal deep insights into the mysteries of family relations and the art of everyday living.” – dGenerate Films

“A masterpiece…inventive, quietly virtuosic.” – David Bordwell, Observations on Film Art

“A direct, honest, miniature epic.” – Daniel Kasman, MUBI Notebook