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March 28th – April 2nd, 2017 / Cinema Muzeul Țăranului & Cinema Elvire Popesco / the 7th edition

TWO SNAKES

Directed by: 
KRISTIN LI
10'
Cinema Muzeul Țăranului - Friday, March 31, 2017 - 18:00
Cinema Muzeul Țăranului - Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 20:00
Written by: 
Ulu Braun
Cast: 
Kristin Li
Cinematography: 
Clayton Beugeling, Kristin Li
Editing: 
Kristin Li
Sound: 
Kristin Li
Music: 
Julie Matson
Producer: 
Kristin Li
Romanian Premiere
A mix of documentary and animation, Two Snakes is the personal essay of a person unrooted from the native land, striving to reconcile expat feelings of otherness with fragments of different cultural heritages. Screened at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, this short film explores how legends and personal history dissolve into each-other as the popular Chinese story of the two snakes is interpreted, deconstructed and rearranged, in search of an identity built from fragments of memories and re-appropriated narratives. Self-deprecating and self-aware, Two Snakes ultimately raises a question: can there ever be such a thing as a sense of belonging? (Diana Mereoiu, BIEFF 2017)
Director: 

Kristin Li

Kristin Li was born in Chengdu, China, and currently lives and works in Montréal. As an emerging multimedia artist, she creates installations, animations, documentaries, and experimental narratives that explore contemporary formations of power. These projects recontextualize familiar stories, practices, and institutions to reveal the ways that they constrain us in spite of our intentions, and the hidden sites of possibility that we can nonetheless exploit. Her work has been shown across North America, South America, and Europe, with recent screenings at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (Germany), Vidéoformes (France), and MIX NYC (US).

Contact: 
kristinsuperhero[at]gmail[dot]com
Festivals, awards: 
  • Oberhausen International Short Film Festival 2016
  • WNDX Festival Winnipeg, Canada 2016
  • Queer City Cinema, Canada 2016
Director's statement:
This is my first time working explicitly in autobiography. I usually critique or make fun of things but wanted to try a personal project. Maybe it’s because I started therapy. I organized a night called OEDIV CISUM with Slut Island, a group that puts on queer and feminist music events in the city. We paired up eight artists with eight musicians or bands, and each pair spent a month making a video accompanied by live score. Some of the artists were working in video for the first time. Julie Matson, who also performs under Echo Beach, scored my video, Two Snakes. I heard it for the first time on the night of the screening. The TV show came to me when I was scrambling to figure out what to do for the live score event. I wanted to make something about myself and suddenly remembered the legend of the white snake and its hilarious homosexual overtones. I initially just wanted to reenact the story, which would’ve been a video about finding a self in reclaimed ancestry and finding a home in reappropriated narratives, but of course that’s too easy. So I made a video about the impossibility of doing those things. (Kristin Li)