Beijing Bicycle
FRI & SAT: 7:00PM SUN: 3:00PM
Dir. Xiaoshuai Wang (2001); China, 113m
Starring: Lin Cui, Xun Zhou, Bin Li
Mandarin with English subtitles

By The Time It Gets Dark
FRI & SAT: 9:30PM SUN: 5:30PM
Dir. Anocha Suwichakornpong (2016); Thailand, 105m
Starring: Visra Vichit-Vadakan, Arak Amornsupasiri, Achtara Suwan
Thai with English Subtitles

FRIDAY, JULY 20th at 7:00pm & 9:30PM
SATURDAY, JULY 21st at 7:00pm & 9:30PM
SUNDAY, JULY 22nd at 3:00pm & 5:30pm

Banned in China for three years after its release, Wang Xiaoshuai’s poignant masterpiece offers a telling look at the inequity and crime of urban China. Based around the theft of a bike, Beijing Bicycle explores the role of bicycles in contemporary China as they operate as status symbols for some and as necessary tools to earn a living for others. Produced cheaply and independently to avoid censorship from the state film board, non-professional actors and handheld camerawork make for a film that feels at times like a documentary. Sharing more than a passing resemblance to Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves, Wang Xiaoshuai presents an unromantic, individualistic view of life that is eternally relevant.

Recalling memory is often fragmented and subjective, By The Time It Gets Dark acts as cinematic mirror for this feeling and thought process. The director unwraps the futility of recreating historical events on the screen by creating a film about making a film —— the event of the Thammasat University Massacre of 1976 is a thread that is lightly intertwined in multiple stories. Suwichakornpong’s second feature is a meditative, dreamlike and a visually compelling experience.