2010. China. Xu Tong. 157 min.
Friday, February 18, 2011, 4:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
2010. China. Directed by Xu Tong. The film's narrative is divided into sections with paired chapter headings, in the style of popular fiction during the Qing Dynasty. Li Baicheng is a charismatic traditional Chinese fortune-teller who lives in a village near Beijing with his deaf and mute wife Pearl, who he rescued from an abusive family. He cares for her while also telling the fortunes of his clients, most of whom are prostitutes. As the police crack down on both fortune-tellers and prostitutes, Li Baicheng and Pearl are forced to move to his hometown, where he is haunted by his family’s past and China's history. Chinese Independent Cinema. In Chinese; English subtitles. 157 min.
In the Film exhibition Documentary Fortnight 2011: MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media
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