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Directed by Qiu Sheng

China, Taiwan 2018 118 In Mandarin with subtitles

Youthful land engineer Hao (Mason Lee) and his colleagues are on a job measuring mysterious ground disturbances in an eerily unpopulated suburban area outside a major Chinese city. Exploring an abandoned school building one day after a long bout of drinking, Hao stumbles upon the lost diary of a young boy, flipping the story of the film inside-out as Hao’s daily life begins to strike an eerie resemblance to the boy’s—coincidentally also named Hao. A shape-shifting narrative adventure with beautiful, crisp Academy-ratio images set to a gorgeous soundtrack, Suburban Birds follows in the footsteps of legendary directors like Tsai Ming-Liang, Hong Sang-soo, and Jia Zhangke while charting a path all its own. “Enigmatic…oddly entrancing.” —Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter.

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