Free and Easy

China | 2016 | 97 min. (incl. 7 min. short film) | Jun Geng

A soap-peddling shyster lands in a desolate northern China factory town filled with idiosyncratic con artists in Geng Jun's deadpan, Jarmusch-style satire, winner of the Special Jury Award for Cinematic Vision at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Director Jun Geng (Youth) brings us a dry, funny tragicomedy set in a nameless Chinese burg and featuring several quirky characters—all involved in some sort of con. There's the traveling soap salesman (Zhang Ziyong) who entices the townspeople to smell his sweet product, and as soon as they take a whiff, he robs their unconscious bodies blind. And of course, there's the wily Buddhist monk (Xu Gang) trying to push his overpriced talismans on anyone who looks his way. Not to mention the ostensibly simple Christian man (Gu Benbin) looking for his mother who mysteriously went missing years ago, and a couple of bumbling cops (Zhang Xun, Yuan Liguo) who can't seem to get a grasp on any of these criminals. The residents are pitted against each other as the day goes on, with absurd results. In this rural portrait of crooked characters, the plot plays out with a deadpan sense of humor and several befuddling twists and turns. Jun Geng 's Free and Easy has been stylistically compared to the works of Jim Jarmusch, the Coen Brothers, and Aki Kaurismaki, securely placing his clever criticism of corrupt society up there with the best.

Director Biography

Jun Geng  was born in 1976 in Heilongjiang Province, China. Jun Geng  has directed and written many films including Hawthorn (2002), Diary in Bulk (2003), Barbecue (2004 Festival of 3 Continents, 2005 International Film Festival Rotterdam), Youth (2009 Rome International Film Festival), and "The Hammer and Sickle are Sleeping" (2013 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival best short film winner). Jun Geng also directed Poetry and Disease (2011).

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  • Original Language Title: 轻松+愉快
  • Director: Jun Geng
  • Principal Cast: Zu Gang, Zhang Zhiyong, Xue Baohe, Wang Xuxu, Gu Benbin
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: China
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 97 min. (incl. 7 min. short film)
  • Producer: Wang Zijian, Wang Xuebo, Xie Meng
  • Screenplay: Bing Liu, Yuhua Feng, Jun Geng
  • Cinematographers: Wang Weihua
  • Editors: Guo Xiaoshan, Zhong Yijuan
  • Music: Second Hand Rose
  • Awards: Sundance Film Festival 2017 (World Cinema: Dramatic Special Jury Award)
  • Filmography: Chuizi liandao dou xiux (2014); Youth (2009)
  • Language: Chinese
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Film Rise

Preceded by Short Film: "Free Throw Line"

This film will be preceded by the short film "Free Throw Line" (China | 2016 | 7 minutes | ZHANG Yixin)

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