With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Monday, June 13, 2011

ACF 1052: The High Life to screen at MoMA

The High Life
Directed by Zhao Dayong
Written by Dayong, Li Qing
With Qui Hong, Liu Yanfei, Dian Qui
China, 2010, 96 minutes
When: June 20th through June 26, 2011
(Complete schedule at end of this post)
Where: The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street, NYC
In Chinese, with English subtitles

Starting June 2oth, The High Life will screen for seven days at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It is the latest film to be shown in MoMA's ContemporAsian film series.

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.

Screening Schedule:
Monday, June 20, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 23, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, June 24, 2011, 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 25, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 26, 2011, 2:00 p.m.

All screenings will be in Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2.

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