Smile Politely

Parkland College’s 2013 Global Lens film series ends with Beijing Flickers

All year, Parkland College has been hosting a showcase of critically acclaimed narrative feature films through Global Lens, an annual touring film series launched in 2003 by the Global Film Initiative to support the distribution of exceptional cinematic works from around the world. 

They’re closing out 2013’s series this Thursday with a showing of Beijing Flickers


San Bao is a young man left behind by Beijing’s fabulous new wealth, having just lost his job, his apartment and the woman he loves (who’s left him for a richer man). Even Happiness, his dog, has run away from him. Lovelorn, self-destructive and desperately aimless, San Bao nevertheless has moments of euphoria amid his own despair, as he roams the sleek, shifting city with other soulful, cash-poor dreamers and misfits. Such heavenly losers form the vital spirit of Beijing in acclaimed director Zhang Yuan’s gorgeously gritty, angst-ridden portrait of youthful disaffection and perseverance in the teeth of heartbreak, ruthless inequality and unfeeling ambition.

Thursday, December 12th, 6:30–8 p.m., Room C118, Parkland College, free of charge.

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