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Country: CHINA, FRANCE
Run Time: 113 minutes
From China, THE WILD GOOSE LAKE lures viewers into the slick, neon underworld of its down-and-dirty gangster milieu on the outskirts of Wuhan. Chopped and screwed to dizzying effect, this hyper-stylized neo-noir explodes this classic genre into something visually mesmerizing and sonically engrossing like no other. Zhou Zenong is a hardened, stone-faced tough guy on the run after he accidentally kills a cop, and a huge sum is placed on his head—dead or alive. He soon encounters femme fatale, Liu Aiai, a weary prostitute there to deliver him to a local mob boss, using his long-estranged wife as undeniable bait. Looping through flashbacks and whirling between the hierarchies of Chinese crime dynasties and police squadrons, this kinetic feature crackles with electric filmmaking prowess from beginning to brutal end. It is an endlessly surprising, wholly unique viewing experience that marks the arrival of filmmaker Diao Yinan as a new master of the medium. (In Mandarin and French with subtitles) — R.J.T.
Tower City Cinemas
Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 1:50 PM ET
Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:20 AM ET
Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 8:45 PM ET
Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles
International Narrative Competition