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Once Upon a Time Proletarian [ R ]

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Once Upon a Time Proletarian

Ντοκιμαντέρ / Documentary China, UK, 2009, 76′, 16:9 Color, Dolby Digital, Κινεζικά, Αγγλικά / Chinese, English

Σκηνοθεσία / Direction Xiaolu Guo Σενάριο / Screenplay Xiaolu Guo Μοντάζ / Editing Philippe Ciompi & Arthur de Lipowski Φωτογραφία / Photography Xiaolu Guo Μουσική / Music Philippe Ciompi & Matt Scott Ήχος / Sound Philippe Ciompi Παραγωγός / Producer Xiaolu Guo & Pamela Casey Συμμετέχουν / Featuring Προέλευση ταινίας / Film Source Chapter Two films

A subjective anatomy of contemporary China in the post Marxist era. 12 chapters explore facets of Chinese social and political landscape. Stories of yearning, loss and dreams unfold: an old peasant who has lost his land, a millionaire chatting with his mate in a stock exchange office, a young migrant who came to the city to wash cars, a weapon factory worker who wishes Mao was still alive to save the country, a successful hotel owner who praises the government’s liberal economy policies, and young kids whose dream is to become famous western artists…

Lead by metaphoric and comical children stories in between chapters, this film contemplates a complex society whose citizens are searching for new beliefs and identities after the country’s great revolutionary days, and demonstrates how the individual is conflicting with his time and history.


The 9th Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival is carried out in the context of “Cinephilia in the New Age II” which is funded by the European Union — European Regional Development Fund (Operational Programme ROP ATTIKI of NSRF 2014-2020). All actions are carried out under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.