A sharp, drole independent black comedy with a real edge. In a Kafka-esque village in remote Northern China everyone is a thief, it seems. But no one is that good at it, and a certain camaraderie (and ineptitude with the violence that thievery sometimes demands) eases social tensions into a sort of solidarity-in-poverty. Director Geng Jun keeps his characters both funny and unpredictable, and his sharply etched photography constantly finds unexpected beauty in their shabby though rather awesome world.
Screening with: THE POET AND THE SINGER (JINGANGJING) / China 2012 / 26m / Director: Bi Gan. A visually splendid poem with a Buddhist aura, that provocatively but elegantly juxtaposes a poet, a singer, a river, a pair of murderers, and the Diamond Sutra.