Yesterday I saw 4 films. I got up and went to the Egyptian theatre to see the latest film from Zhang Yuan ("Beijing Bastards"). It was this child-centric film about kids living in an orphanage. I was pretty impressed with this film, especially considering how hard it must have been to direct all of those children. There was a lot of child tushie in the film which got kind of embarrasing. But I really liked it, haha!
I then went and saw one of the worst films I have ever seen in my life. It was called "Wristcutters". It was about this kind or purgatorial place where people go after they commit suicide. The movie was supposed to be funny and heartbreaking but the only break it got out of me was a break from being awake.
The highlight of my day was seeing "A Battle in Heaven", which I can honestly say is one of the best movies I have EVER seen. It was so full of rage and was so incredibly, brutally honest. The director was unrelenting in his portrayal of sex (first film I have ever seen with obese people making love). It was also so beautifully shot and edited. The performances were stunning and the soundtrack was so incredibly intense. I was literally almost knocked off my feet. I think this movie is going to get picked up so I urge anyone who reads this to keep your eyes out for it. Truly incredible.
I met Zhang Yuan, director of 13 films including "Beijing Bastards"