57th LONDON FILM FESTIVAL (9-20 October 2013) DAY 5
Every day (from October 9 to October 20) I will be selecting the London Film Festival choices you have a chance to get tickets for and the movies you are unlikely to see in London very soon unless you go to see them at the Festival. Here is the LFF's main website for the general information you need. Don't worry if some of the recommended films are sold out by the time you read this as there are always some tickets on offer which go on sale 30 minutes before each screening. Here is the information you need to get those standby tickets.
Jia Zhangke lives in interesting times. A Touch of Sin is a virtual ‘state of the nation’ report on China in 2013 inspired by tweets about small, local incidents which escalated into rage, violence and even murder. Across four skilfully interlinked stories, which traverse the country from north to south and back again, Jia presents a range of indelible characters: an ex-miner enraged by corruption and profiteering, a man who kills and steals to stave off boredom, a woman who stabs her would-be rapist and a young kid drifting through the foreign-owned factories and nightclubs of the south. As the title suggests, the film pays dues to King Hu and other wuxia directors who explored earlier times when Chinese society had no adequate rule of law. Jia sees a present-day society in which violence seems almost endemic, and dares to ask: what is the country coming to?
Here (and above) is the trailer.
This film also screens on Fri 11th at Odeon West End 1 at 8.45pm. Details here.