When Grapes Grow on a Willow Tree is an art film about interpreting the “mise en scène” of the oriental representation on western cinema. Exploring the power of representation and psychoanalysis of the stereotype. The film speaks to its audiences as well as the film speaks for its audiences’ unconsciousness. The film is a language that I composed to depict the enigmatic signifiers of representation. The film is asking the questions, who has the power to represent other culture? how do they represent it? The stereotypes of the orient on representation in western cinema based on imagination, fantasy, fetishism and binary structure… the enigmas came from the untranslatability of cultures and languages. My film is imagining and re-imagining/translating and de-translating the western representation of the east. The “mise en scène” of my film is signifying the the ‘un-say’, what is left is to be filled with my viewer’s imagination and the interpretation of the enigma.
Directed by Lu Meng (UK)