Detroit Film Theatre

Cinetopia Film Festival: A Touch of Sin

Friday, June 06, 2014

4:30 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(China–2013/Zhangke Jia)

More than any other contemporary Chinese filmmaker, Jia Zhang-ke (Still Life, The World) has captured the cultural shifts that predatory market forces have brought to his country, charting the sudden and dramatic friction between a nation shifting from Maoist Communism to robber-baron capitalism.

Inspired by four tales of true-life violence in various parts of mainland China, Jia chronicles the unfortunate trajectories of those who sin and those who have been sinned against in a anthology that examines tradition, personal integrity, corruption, and modernity. A former soldier incensed by political graft, a woman betrayed by the married man she is having an affair with, a bandit who fetishizes the power of his gun and a young man desperate for work all become victims of a society that regards them as little more than a cog in the capitalist wheel. It's a poetically bracing examination of China that will resonate with anyone who's watched with concern the growing economic disparities that are engulfing our own nation. (133 min.)

" has the urgency of a screaming headline but one inscribed with visual lyricism, emotional weight and a belief in individual rights. You can feel the conviction of its director, Jia Zhang-ke — one of the few filmmakers of any nationality who weighs the impact of social and political shifts on people — in every shot." —Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

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