IFFR KINO #20: A Touch of Sin
Watch A Touch of Sin in KINO on Wednesday 2 January, Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke’s piercing look at contemporary China in four violent chapters.
Jia Zhangke's stands out as the most significant film chronicler of modern China and IFFR has screened no fewer than 14 of his films. Time and again he succeeds in making films that take a critical look at a rapidly changing China. Over the years, he’s visited Rotterdam seven times.
A Touch of Sin screened at IFFR in 2014 and its title playfully yet significantly refers to King Hu's wuxia classic A Touch of Zen (1969-71). Based on stories that caused a sensation on Weibo (the Chinese Twitter), the filmmaker compellingly dissects four gruesome eruptions of violence that seemed inconceivable not long ago: new for China and new in Jia Zhangke's films.
Jia’s capacity to capture the historic fate of his characters (in this case, the cast includes his regular actors Zhao Tao and Wang Hongwei) in their geographic surroundings (often his home province of Shanxi) is unequalled.
Why screen it now?
IFFR 2019 will screen Jia Zhangke’s latest film Ash is Purest White. Get in the mood a few weeks in advance by watching his earlier film A Touch of Sin.
A Touch of Sin, Jia Zhangke, 2013, China, 129’