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The World by Jia Zhangke
Institute of Contemporary Arts
A Chinese woman takes shelter under a plastic poncho and checks her fliphone. She's standing in front of a replica of an ancient building
The World, dir. Jia Zhangke, China 2004, 138 min., Mandarin with English subtitles

An at once intimate and expansive exploration of globalization from visionary director Jia Zhangke, The World takes place in the eponymous theme park on the outskirts of Beijing, where iconic monuments from the Eiffel Tower to the Taj Mahal are reproduced for tourists. It’s there that the park’s employees – including a dancer (Zhao Tao) and a security guard (Cheng Taishen) – drift together and are pulled apart in a cycle of connection and alienation that speaks eloquently to the effects of China’s rapid modernization.

The World is curated by Éric Baudelaire as part of 3+3: Éric Baudelaire, a project presenting three films by the French filmmaker, and three films of his choice.

Read more about Éric Baudelaire’s selection here

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