This week Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke’s “A Touch of Sin” screened at the Cannes Film Festival, where it is being considered for the “Golden Palm,” the highest prize at the festival.
“Judging from the trailer, it contains a lot of critical scenes based in reality that were created with no fear of the censorship system,” one Weibo user commented.
Of particular note is that the film seems to be based on a number of real events in recent Chinese history. For example, a 2009 case where a pedicurist killed a local official after he apparently slapped her in the face with a wad of cash after she refused to have sex with him, and 2011 high-speed train accident that killed 40 people.
Other parts of the trailer seem to be referring to the suicides at Foxconn factories.
The big question, of course, is whether a film so critical of modern China will actually be shown in the country it scrutinizes? Things look hopeful — the film is being made by partnership with a state-run film studio.
In an interview with the Globe and Mail Jia seems confident, telling the reporter: “The film has been approved by the censor board and we hope it will be released in autumn.”
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