By James Kidd
Xiaolu Guo is not an easy person to pin down. This, I suspect, is just how she likes it. “I am an extremely optimistic pessimist,” the 44-year-old writer and filmmaker tells me, with what seems to be a characteristic combination of honesty and paradox. Similar ambiguities are present everywhere in her conversation. “My existence is nearly beyond gender,” she says later during a discussion of her recent motherhood: her daughter, Moon, was born in 2014.
Far from being a hindrance, this essential restlessness has formed the bedrock of her diverse artistic career. She has written novels (in both English and Chinese), journalism, essays and scripts for soap operas. An award-winning filmmaker, Guo has also directed documentaries (including The Concrete Revolution, about construction workers exploited before the 2008 Beijing Olympics) alongside more surreal works: How is Your Fish Today?, a loose adaptation of Alain Robbe-Grillet’s 1966 movie, Trans-Europ-Express. Read more
Source: The National