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A Touch of Sin
November 20, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Winner of best screenplay, Cannes Film Festival 2013.
A TOUCH OF SIN draws upon four shocking events that actually happened in China in recent years and that are well-known to people throughout China. It is about widespread corruption contributing to the vast disparities between the rich and the poor that is part of the rapid transformation occurring in China. It is about the increasing violent responses by people stripped of their dignity. Written and directed by master filmmaker Jia Zhangke (The World, Still Life), “one of the best and most important directors in the world” (Richard Brody, The New Yorker), this is a poetic and grand-scale modern film-noir drawing inspiration from Chinese martial arts.
“This blistering fictionalized tale straight out of China is at once monumental and human scale. The story of lives rocked by violence, it has the urgency of a screaming headline but one inscribed with visual lyricism, emotional weight and a belief in individual rights. ” – Manohla Dargis, New York Times
“Epic and intimate, A TOUCH OF SIN finally feels as big and complex, as contradictory and sad as, well, China.” – James Adams, Globe and Mail
“A corrosive depiction of the New China, an everything-for-sale society still figuring out how to cope with the dehumanizing effects of unbridled capitalism.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
Language: Mandarin Chinese (English subtitles)