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The Calming

October 23, 2022

The Calming

(dir. Song Fang, 2020)

Los Angeles premiere!


7:00 PM


7:30 PM


2220 Arts + Archives
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057

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A film of arresting beauty and tranquility, the second feature from Song Fang—whose Memories Look at Me was  a work of graceful autobiography—follows a young film director as she  makes her way around Japan, China, and Hong Kong after a relationship  breakup: presenting her work, engaging with friends and artists, and  dealing with the realities of aging parents. Amidst all of this, Lin (an  effortlessly inquisitive Qi Xi) takes in both lush nature and imposing  cityscapes, a woman both alone and constantly engaged in the  ever-shifting environment around her. Song’s film refuses to impose  psychological motivation on Lin’s perambulations or her art, instead  allowing the viewer to experience the world’s disappointments and  felicities along with her, and perhaps bear witness to creative  rejuvenation

Official Selection: Berlinale, San Sebastián, NYFF, Viennale.

[A] breath of fresh air.

- David Ehrlich, Indiewire

A serene, gentle, and faintly sorrowful film... nearly every image and cut is weighed just so.

- Daniel Kasman, MUBI Notebook

Buried within The Calming is an observation, if not a Jia-style critique, of how modern atomization ruptures a sense of community.

- Courtney Duckworth, Cinema Scope

A film about a rebirth, a re-centering, the recreation of the self that  must come after a life-changing event. Rarely has a film made me more  jealous.

- Sean Gillman, In Review Online

This dialectic of movement through stillness—of the work of rest—is at the heart of The Calming, which captures its heroine in drift between projects, cities, apartments, relationships.

- Devika Girish, Reverse Shot

(Available to download after screening date)

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