Ning Ying

Perpetual Motion
China 2005, Director: Ning Ying

Portrait Ning Ying

Ning Ying, the grande dame of Chinese cinema Ning Ying was born 1956 in Beijing and grew up during the Chinese Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s. She studied at the Beijing Film Academy and, subsequently, at the Experimental Film Centre in Rome. In 1987, she worked as assistant director on Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor. She was to achieve world fame with her Beijing Trilogy which included I Love Beijing (2001).
Ning Ying lives and works in Beijing. Perpetual Motion is an intimate work about four women who have still got a few scores to settle with one another. The four actresses, and the figures they represent, all come from families associated with the "Red Aristocracy". They act provocatively, ironically, rebelliously and with black humour − in complete contrast to the cliché of reserved and subjugated Chinese woman.

After the screening, the Dortmund|Cologne International Women's Film Festival has invited the director Ning Ying to take part in an open workshop and talk in detail about her films and the conditions under which she works.