One of the movies we’re most excited about seeing is Building 173, a docudrama about one Shanghainese building and the people who lived in it. It’ll be airing twice on Saturday, June 20 – once at 6.30pm and a second one at 9pm (with a discussion afterward).
Studio Stare explains their movie:
Building 173 tells the stories and secrets of one building, seven people and three generations, past and present. The building witnessed three quarters of a century of human history. It was originally a luxury apartment building called the Cosmopolitan in downtown Shanghai. Built in the early twentieth century by the Tan family, the Cosmopolitan was inhabited by an international community; with the wars and political upheavals taking place in Shanghai, the residents changed to middle class and intellectual Chinese families, and later to working class families when the apartments were divided into smaller compartments after the Communist took over.
Cover charge is 30RMB, which includes a drink, and you’re recommended to book your tickets by calling 138 1694 4747. The event is located at the Stage Back Gallery, Room 310 (3F) 696 Weihai Lu (by Shaanxi Nan Lu). In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled.