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China, 2006 (MIFF 2006, Transience: The Asian Metropolis)

Director: Wang Chao


Luxury Car was winner of Un Certain Regard at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

“Wang Chao finally attains an almost perfect balance between style and content in Luxury Car… a tightly written and beautifully played drama.” - Variety

In what filmmaker Wang has called the last in his trilogy on the darker side of Chinese society, he follows an elderly country schoolteacher, who heads to the big city of Wuhan in search of his only son to fulfil his dying wife's wish. There, he meets his daughter, working as an escort in a karaoke bar. He also meets a sympathetic policeman who agrees to help him in his search to find his son - but who also recognises the daughter's much older boyfriend as a man he arrested ten years previously.

As Wang says of his motivations, “My precarious lifestyle, the exploding cities, my lack of closeness with my parents - these things got me thinking about all the missing young people out there, and the parents who have lost their children, and I decided to make Luxury Car.”

D/S Wang Chao P Zhou Weisi, Sylvain Bursztejn WS Celluloid Dreams L Mandarin w/English subtitles 35mm/2006/88mins

Wang Chao was born in Nanjin, China, in 1964 His films include The Orphan of Anyang (2001) and Night and Day (2004).

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