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14.-20. januar 2019

Program 2016

THE HAMMER AND SICKLE ARE SLEEPING

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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.

Orginal title: 
CHUIZI LIANDAO DOU XIUX
Director: 
Geng Jun
Screenplay: 
Geng Jun
Photography: 
Wang Weihua
Actors: 
Xu Gang, Zhang Zhiyong, Xue Baohe, Xiao Er
Run time: 
1 hour 20 min
Year: 
2013
Country: 
China
Producer: 
Guo Dong, Wang Xuebo, Xu Feixue
Sales: 
Cinema on the Edge
Age rating: 
15
Director info: 

Geng Jun (b. 1976) from the Heilongijang province in northern China travelled to Beijing to become part of the independent filmmaking scene there. His films have screened in festivals in China and abroad. The featurette THE HAMMER AND THE SICKLE ARE SLEEPING won the Best Short Film Award at the 2014 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival.