Director:Sam Mohseni

“Suzhou Is the birthplace of bridges” as says Luo Yuanxi, a “volunteer” – as he call himself – because he believes his drawings of the ancient bridges in Suzhou will help protect the ancient architecture of the city. “Maple at Night” is a short experimental documentary that mainly explores the aesthetic, structure, function and atmosphere of three historically important bridges in the city of Suzhou: Baodai Bridge, Maple Bridge, Wumen Bridge and contrasts them with the modern bridges that are built based on the ancient design. The only human subject of the film is a “volunteer” named Luo Yuanxi, an eccentric 70-years old man who has drawn 100 ancient bridges of Suzhou so far.