BIFF 2021: 20.-28. oktober
Cinema Extraordinaire

The Shaft

Jing (Dixia de Tiankong)
Kina / 2008 / 98 min
Zhang Chi
When geography becomes a prison

In three interrelated parts, the film progressively focuses on individual members of a family in a mining town in western China. The episodes follow eachother chronologically, although they do not simply trace the continual development of a single family. In the symbolic way their lives are bound together, the protagonists โ€“ namely, the daughter who has to choose between her dreams and a suitable marriage, the son who is about to start life down the mine, and the father who has just retired โ€“ represent the universal lot of men and women from mining towns, a background in stark contrast to their aspirations.

Zhang Chi