A FOOL | 一個勺子
North American Premiere
Running Time: 105 minutes
Language: Mandarin with English subtitles
Director: Chen Jianbin
Cast: Chen Jian Bin, Wang Xuebing, Jin Shijia
Showtimes: Friday, June 26, 6:00 at Walter Reade Theatre
With his directorial debut actor Chen Jianbin walks in the footsteps of A Touch of Sin, No Man’s Land, and Black Coal, Thin Ice and offers a hard-edged mainland noir where kindness and cruelty, madness and reason, greed and humanity all struggle for dominance and the fool might not be who you think . The hook here is Chen’s amazing performance as the simple, slightly crude Latioazi, a goat farmer who has a son in jail. When a young mentally handicapped man follows him home one day and enters his life, it sets off a blaze and a chain of events follows, which bares China’s class divide raw. His random act of reluctant kindness invites a parade of strangers and grifters all intent on draining Latioazi of what little he has.
Part of HONG KONG PANORAMA. Presented with the support of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York.