Global Lens is an annual, touring film series launched in 2003 by the Global Film Initiative to support the distribution of exceptional cinematic works from around the world. The Parkland Art Gallery and Office of Institutional Advancement sponsor the 2013 series. To learn more, visit www.globalfilm.org. Please note our location with theater-style seating and updated audio-visual equipment!
All films and popcorn are FREE! All shows begin at 6:30pm Location: Parkland College, room C118
BEIJING FLICKERS (You-Zhong) Dir. Zhang Yuan
DATE Thursday, December 12
96 minutes, China, in Mandarin, with subtitles in English
San Bao is a young man left behind by Beijing’s fabulous new wealth, having just lost his job, his apartment and the woman he loves (who’s left him for a richer man). Even Happiness, his dog, has run away from him. Lovelorn, self-destructive and desperately aimless, San Bao nevertheless has moments of euphoria amid his own despair, as he roams the sleek, shifting city with other soulful, cash-poor dreamers and misfits. Such heavenly losers form the vital spirit of Beijing in acclaimed director Zhang Yuan’s gorgeously gritty, angst-ridden portrait of youthful disaffection and perseverance in the teeth of heartbreak, ruthless inequality and unfeeling ambition.
Check our website for updates about additional programming, panel discussions and events relating to individual films: www.parkland.edu/gallery or call 217/351-2485. Co-sponsored by Parkland Art Gallery and International Student Services. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.