Di Xia Xiang | China, France | Dir. Pengfei
Song On the rapidly urbanizing outskirts of Beijing, Yong Le spends his days scouring homes scheduled for demolition for furniture to pawn and his nights in the subbasement of a high-rise apartment building. After an accident blinds him, a nightclub dancer, hoping to secure a day job with a real estate developer, nurses him back to health. Produced by Tsai Ming-Liang, the film adapts his signature meditative social realism, revealing a world in which everyone, literally and figuratively, is looking to move up. Mandarin with subtitles. 75 min.
This program is part of the Chicago International Film Festival's Spotlight: Architecture + Space + Design film series.
This program celebrates the remarkable spirit and outstanding representations of innovative architecture and design in the cinema. From Milan to Tokyo to São Paulo, the international selection features the work of celebrated visionaries and chronicles ordinary people and characters interacting with extraordinary and complex places and spaces.