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World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Cinematic Vision, Jun Geng

Under a tin-gray sky, in a hollowed out corner of northern China, a stranger arrives in town bearing magical soap—but smelling it will cost you. Nearby, a pair of unenthused cops try cracking a seemingly simple case. Or not. And you can forget religious solace; the only monk around is not what he seems.

Director Jun Geng is at his best when he celebrates the gaunt, manufactured landscapes of an unseen China and holds anyone of authority up to a Jarmusch-esque light for examination. Geng’s affection for his ensemble of offbeat, yet everyday, characters—combined with cool, angular visuals that create a strange harmony between the harsh, geographical backdrop and its humble inhabitants—makes their absurdist journeys feel human.

Steeping a caper in a workerless industrial center puts a fresh twist on the crime genre, proving Geng’s love of working against convention, as he casts a satirical eye on a system so flawed it’s tragicomic.

YEAR 2016

SECTION World Drama


RUN TIME 97 min


SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Blackfin (Beijing) Culture & Media Co.

WEBSITE http://blackfin.cc

EMAIL kurt@blackfin.cc

PHONE +86 18618168220


Executive Producer
Sound Recordist
Lighting Engineer
Costume Designer
Production Manager

Artist Bio

Jun Geng

Geng Jun was born in 1976 in Heilongjiang Province, China. He has directed and written many films including Hawthorn (2002), Diary in Bulk (2003), Barbecue (2004 Festival of 3 Continents, 2005 International Film Festival Rotterdam), Youth (2009 Rome International Film Festival), and The Hammer and Sickle are Sleeping (2013 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival best short film winner). Jun also directed Poetry and Disease (2011).