• The High Life

    2010. China. Zhao Dayong. 96 min.

Sunday, June 26, 2011, 2:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • The High Life

    2010. China. Directed by Zhao Dayong. Written by Dayong, Li Qing. With Qui Hong, Liu Yanfei, Dian Qui. In the slum district of Guangzhou, Jian Ming, the proprietor of a disreputable employment agency, becomes acquainted with 18-year-old Xiao Ya when he places her in a seedy hair salon. Dian Qui, a middle-aged guard (and aspiring poet) in a Guangzhou prison who forces his detainees to read his poems aloud, shows his softer side through his affection for a young woman who is convicted for working in a nightclub to support her family. Though these two narrative strains hardly intersect, they inform and echo each other in their explorations of power and imprisonment. Dayong, director of the acclaimed documentary Ghost Town, uses his extraordinary skills of observation to fashion a bleak and tender portrait of a town with many faces. In Chinese; English subtitles. 96 min.

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