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BEIJING FLICKERS (You-Zhong)

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BEIJING FLICKERS (You-Zhong)

Director: Zhang Yuan
China   |   2012   |   96 minutes
Mandarin, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Synopsis San Bao is a young man left behind by Beijing’s fabulous new wealth, having just lost his job, his apartment and the woman he loves (who’s left him for a richer man). Even Happiness, his dog, has run away from him. Lovelorn, self-destructive and desperately aimless, San Bao nevertheless has moments of euphoria amid his own despair, as he roams the sleek, shifting city with other soulful, cash-poor dreamers and misfits. Such heavenly losers form the vital spirit of Beijing in acclaimed director Zhang Yuan’s gorgeously gritty, angst-ridden portrait of youthful disaffection and perseverance in the teeth of heartbreak, ruthless inequality and unfeeling ambition.


About the Director Zhang Yuan was born in Nanjing, China in 1963. He studied cinematography at the Beijing Film Academy and began directing feature films in 1980. In 1994, TIME Magazine selected him as one of the 100 Young Leaders of the Next Century. A leading filmmaker of China's Sixth Generation, his second feature, Beijing Bastards, received a Special Mention by the Official Jury at the Locarno Film Festival in 1993, and his fourth feature, Sons, won the Tiger Award at the International Film Festival
Rotterdam in 1996. Beijing Flickers is his eleventh feature film.


Available Screening Formats DVD, Digibeta.


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Featured in the Global Lens 2013 film series.



CAST

San Bao - Duan Bowen
Wang Min - Lv Yulai
Xiao Shi - Shi Shi
You Zi - Li Xinyun
Su Mo - Han Wenwen

CREW

Director - Zhang Yuan
Writers - Kong Ergou, Li Xinyun, Yang Yishu, Zhang Yuan
Executive Producers - Dong Ping, Han Sanping
Producer - Zhang Yuan
Director of Photography - Zhang Yuan
Cinematographer - Cai Tao
Editor - Wu Yixiang
Sound - Zhao Bo
Music - Liu Yijun (Lao Wu)
REVIEWS

“Newly rich, ever changing Beijing is the backdrop for many movies nowadays, but this is the that rare film in which it actually becomes a character.” -Asian Cinema Plus

“The socially conscious film explores the reality behind Beijing’s economic boom through the eyes of its most marginalized citizens.” -CCTV.com

“Shot on Beijing’s fringes, with concrete housing projects towering in the background, piles of brick rubble and dilapidated bridges, Beijing Flickers beautifully captures an overall sense of urban blight. And with its likeable cast of misfits—particularly Duan Bowen’s melancholy San Bao and the effervescent Shi Shi—it’s
also a tender look at China’s forgotten—and yet defiant—underclass.” – Screen Daily

“Zhang skillfully sets his worn-down characters against the dazzling lights of China's teeming capital, a juxtaposition which conveys the hopelessness of many young people today. A film sure to ruffle feathers and provoke serious thinking in equal measure, Beijing Flickers opens our eyes to rarely glimpsed facets of contemporary China, and presents us stories that are usually left untold.” -Toronto IFF

“Beijing Flickers looks deep into the psyches of this generation that doesn’t know quite what it wants, and finds at least flickers of hope that they can, together, make their own future.” -Vancouver IFF

“…in these tough economic times, despite the language spoken here and other cultural details, viewers of Beijing Flickers will find much that feels all too familiar, regardless of where in the world they happen to live.” -Twitch

“Mr. Zhang piles on the pain but then considers it with a deadpan gaze. That keeps his film buoyant.” as San Bao (Duan Bowen) and his pals — one parks cars, one is a transvestite singer — muck around getting nowhere: hanging out, drinking, absorbing life’s daily blows.” -The New York Times

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

Toronto International Film Festival
Vancouver International Film Festival