VIFF 2014: A Corner of Heaven surveys China's desolate landscapes

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      A Corner of Heaven (China)

      An 11-year-old boy looking for his mother wanders across China, past derelict buildings, industrial wastelands, impoverished villages. Along the way, he's kidnapped into child labour, and later inducted into a gang of boy thieves. The threadbare narrative (if you can even call it that), with sparse dialogue, minimal action, and unexplained interactions, is more of a visual survey (in black and white) of desolate and devastated landscapes in China, some of which are quite stunning. With experimental film techniques and surreal elements, this one is solely for those seeking to explore cinema outside narrative conventions.

      Cinematheque, October 9 (2:30 p.m.)

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