December 15, 2010
Global Lens Film Series - THE SHAFT 地下的天空 (January 11, 2011)
The Shaft (地下的天空)
Director Zhang Chi; China, 2008; 98 minutes; Mandarin with English subtitles
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University
Two screenings: 3:00pm and 5:00pm
In a poor mining town in western China, the stories of a father and his two children intersect and intertwine, illuminating complicated relationships hidden beneath the community’s hardened exterior. Accused of an affair with her manager, the attractive daughter of the household finds herself spurned by her boyfriend and forced to accept an arranged marriage. Her brother dreams of being a singer, but after an unforeseen stint in prison, reluctantly heads into the mines like his father, who spends his days searching for the wife who left him so many years ago. Writer-director Zhang Chi’s wise and poetic debut delicately expresses the turmoil of emotion and expectation wrought by a calloused and difficult existence.
Director Zhang Chi was born in Beijing, China in 1977. He studied film direction at the Central Academy of Drama, and served as the director of the Chinese national television company, CCTV, from 2000 to 2004. In 2008, he won China’s Golden Rooster Award for Best Screenplay for the film Tokyo Trial. The Shaft is his first feature film.
This film is sponsored by the Center for Chinese Studies. The Global Lens 2010-11 academic year series has been organized by the U-M International Institute with films provided by the Global Film Initiative.
For more information, please contact the U-M Center for Chinese Studies at 734—764-6308 or at chinese(dot)studies(at)umich.edu.
Posted by zzhu at December 15, 2010 03:46 PM