Fortune Teller in TORONTO (Nov. 10th, 8:45 pm), as an offical Selection of the 15th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
“An exhaustive case history on the marginalization of the poor and disabled under Chinese capitalism” – Ronnie Scheib, Variety
“Complete immersion into their deceptively simple world in the countryside of northern China” – Ada Tseng, Asia Pacific Arts
What is fortune but the timely collisions of people? In Fortune Teller, a candid and deeply revelatory look at individuals living on the fringes of Chinese society, the consequences of these collisions are unflinchingly peeled back and observed.
In Fortune Teller, Xu Tong continues his work documenting the members of China’s underclass, whose lives have gone largely unnoticed during the country’s boom years. Xu spent a year filming nearly every detail of Li’s daily existence and the ancient spiritual practices he administers. The camera catches every raw and familiar strand of human desire in these ordinary people’s extraordinary lives, at once epic and startling. Li’s humble story is punctuated by chapter headings reminiscent of Qing Dynasty popular fiction, further adding to the sheen of melodrama that so readily imitates real life.
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