Dir. Jia Zhangke (1997).
The other Pickpocket, titled in tribute to Robert Bresson, is Jia Zhangkes first feature; known in Chinese as Xiao Wu, it's a remarkable, semi-documentary immersion in backwater urban low-life tracking a supremely diffident thief from the filmmakers home town of Fenyang as he fails to adapt to Chinas rapidly liberalizing economy.
Sun., March 7, 5:30 p.m., 2010
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