Inner Landscape
  • Country/Area of ProductionNetherlands
  • Language of DialogueChinese, English
  • Runtime90 min
  • DirectorFrank Scheffer
  • Type of WorkFeature-Length Documentary
  • ProducerJan de Ruiter, Niek Koppen, Pieter van Huystee, Jia ZHAO

In fast-changing China where traditions are vanishing, composer Guo Wenjing seeks a way between Eastern and Western music, and between old and new China. Inner Landscape is a documentary about the creation of the chamber opera Si Fan, composed by Chinese composer Guo Wenjing for the Dutch ‘Nieuw Ensemble’. In Si Fan (‘yearnings of love’), Guo combines traditional opera from his native Sichuan with his own music. “I don’t think when composing, I follow my heart”, Guo says to Ed Spanjaard, head conductor of the Nieuw Ensemble, who comes to visit him in China to master the composition. In this painstaking film, star singer Shen Tiemei represents the voice of the Sichuan opera.