Jia Zhanke’s Chinese language film ‘A Touch of Sin‘ has won this year’s award for best screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was in contention for the top pick overall, known as the Palme D’or, but lost out to French film ‘Blue is the Warmest Color‘.
Jia’s film follows four individuals whose lives are adversely affected by corruption and exploitative practices in China. “Based on true events“, and also influenced by wuxia stories, the film recounts the troubled livelihoods of these four people in places ranging from Shanxi rural countryside to city life in Guangzhou.
Despite its potentially controversial subject matter, the film has been approved for release on in mainland China uncut, according to Jia himself. ‘A Touch of Sin’ will also be released in the US later this year.
Jia Zhanke’s previous work has been well received both internationally and domestically. Many of his films, such as ‘Still Life‘ and ‘24 City‘, won awards and made critic’s top ten lists for the year they were released in. Much like ‘A Touch of Sin’, a fair amount of his work involves exposing problematic issues within contemporary Chinese society.
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By Oliver Dzuba