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Films & Schedules - 24 City

Fri, Feb 13, 2009
at 6 PM (B1)

Sun, Feb 15, 2009
at 1:45 PM (B1)

24 City

DIRECTOR: ZhangKe Jia - China

"The dean of Chinese independent cinema, Jia's latest bulletin on the state of the world's most rapidly expanding economy is more obviously documentary than the director's previous fiction films--or perhaps more obviously fictional than his documentaries.  24 City takes as its subject a gigantic Chengdu munitions plant slated for conversion into high-rise luxury apartments. A half-dozen retired workers, brought form all over China to labor in the massive factory, play themselves as the (barely) living monuments of Mao's China, their stories supplemented by monologues delivered by several professional actors, including Joan Chen.  Jia's framing is, as always, impeccable.  His oral history of post-revolutionary China is artfully composed, rich in offbeat details and punctuated with pop songs, including the Internationale." --New York Film Festival.

Selected Filmography: Platform (00), Unknown Pleasures (02), The World (04), Still Life (06), Useless (07).

B1     112 Minutes    

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