Beijing Flickers

  • Directed by Zhang Yuan
  • China, 2012, 96 mins., Mandarin

“Every day people disappear in this city. If I disappeared, would anyone come looking for me?” So muses San Bao, a young man left behind by Beijing’s new prosperity. He has lost his job, his apartment, and the woman he loves, and even his dog Happiness has run away. Heavenly losers are the only heroes in Zhang’s gorgeously gritty, droll, and angst-ridden portrait of youthful disaffection and perseverance in the face of heartbreak and ruthless inequality. “Zhang skillfully sets his worn-down characters against the dazzling lights of China’s teeming capital, a juxtaposition which conveys the hopelessness of many young people today. A film sure to ruffle feathers and provoke serious thinking in equal measure, BEIJING FLICKERS opens our eyes to rarely glimpsed facets of contemporary China and presents us stories that are usually left untold.”—Toronto International Film Festival.

Genres: Drama