standard Forbidden Cinema Presents: Beijing Bicycle

Judging by the box office, it’d be reasonable to assume Chinese cinema is all sappy rom-coms, WW2 films and Journey to the West remakes. Despite economic and political hurdles, however, China’s independent cinema scene is thriving. Many films from the Middle Kingdom go on to great international acclaim while remaining virtually unknown at home.

Therefore, we bring you “Forbidden Cinema,” a monthly film series showcasing some of China’s most poignant, provocative and often paradigm-shifting films. On the third Thursday of each month, Z-Life Pub will screen one of these films with no admission fee while serving up great deals on drinks and the rarest of rare treats here in China: salty, buttery popcorn.

 

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This month, on October 22nd, we bring you “Beijing Bicycle,” the story of  a seventeen-year-old boy Guei from the countryside who came to Beijing to seek work. He finds a job with a courier company, which assigns him a brand-new bicycle. After it is stolen one day, the stubborn Guei goes on a search for his missing bicycle. At the other end of the city, Jian is a schoolboy who buys Guei’s stolen bicycle from a second-hand market. When Guei’s search brings the two boys together, more than the ownership of the bicycle is brought into question. The film explores the theme of youth as well as several social issues, including class, youth delinquency, theft, and rural-urban socio-economic divisions and change.

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Upon its release, it won worldwide acclaim, including the coveted Jury Grand Prix at the 2001 Berlin International Film Festival. Following the film’s popularity, however, the film was banned in Mainland China until 2004.

When: Thursday, October 22nd, 8:00 PM, Film screening begins at 8:45 PM

Where: Z-Life Pub, 161 Taikang Zhong Lu (Near UNNC) 鄞州区泰康中路161豪

 

尽管面临着政治、经济上的种种障碍,中国独立电影业依然在蓬勃发展。天朝的许多优秀影片尽管在国内不为人知,它们却在国际上获得了相当的认可。

因此,我们推出了“独立电影院”,放映一系列中国最动人、最刺激,也是最发人深省的独立电影。每月第三个周四,Z-Life酒吧将播放一部这样的好电影,并提供优惠的酒水和在国内非常少见的影院零食:咸奶油味爆米花。

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刚离开家乡到北京打工挣钱的十七岁少年小贵,找到一份快递工作,骑著公司提供的银色变速越野车在市区中穿梭,每送一趟快递可以挣十块钱,当赚到六百块元时,他就能拥有这辆银色山地自行车。小贵为能早日拥有这辆漂亮的单车而努力工作。但就在小贵快要赚足六百块钱的时候,他突然发现自行车不见了。几乎绝望的小贵亲眼看到一个年龄相仿的少年骑着自己的自行车,这个人是小坚。他虽然生活在城里,家中却非常贫寒,在父亲屡次三番没有履行给他买单车的承诺后,他偷了家里的钱去买了辆便宜的二手车。而这辆正被他表现单车车技的车正是小贵被盗的那辆。小贵不顾一切地想向小坚讨回他赖以维生的爱车,两人只好设法共用这辆自行车

10月22日, 20:00 (影片开始于20:45)

z-Life 酒吧 鄞州区泰康中路161豪(诺丁汉大学附近)

 

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