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Directed by Feng Xiaogang

China 2016 128 mins. In Mandarin

Superstar actress Fan Bingbing stars in this searing and fearless satirical comic drama about a cafe owner’s epic battle with the bureaucracy over the wrongs of her swindling ex-husband. As she doggedly fights a “fake divorce” from the provincial courts all the way to Beijing, Li manages to flummox every male government functionary in her path to justice. FIPRESCI prize at the Toronto Film Festival and Golden Shell award at the San Sebastian Film Festival. “Sublime visual eloquence . . . part Scarlet Letter, part Keystone Cops, part miniature landscape painting—all with plot twists worthy of Thomas Hardy.”—Screen.

Reviews: Movie Mezzanine, Village Voice, Cinema Scope

Filmography: Back to 1942 (2012), Aftershock (2010), Assembly (2007), The Banquet (2006), A World Without Thieves (2004)