Free + Easy at Brattle Theatre
Co-presented by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University
FREE + EASY / 轻松＋愉快 (2017) dir. Geng Jun w/Xu Gang, Zhang Zhiyong, Xue Baohe [98 min; DCP]
With tinges of the Coen Brothers, Jim Jarmusch, and Samuel Beckett, director Geng presents a portrait of a socio-economic system so flawed that it has veered into black comedy – a practically post-apocalyptic world where crime is the new normal. In a Northern Chinese industrial town, everyone – even the local monk – is running a con and the police are more interested in chasing girls than criminals.
Winner of a special jury award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival
“New Noir” is part of the Creative China Festival, curated by Meng Xie, supported by Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation.