Thursday Cinema
Beijing Taxi

Salt Galata

June 16, 2016 19.00

Beijing Taxi 2010 <i>Beijing Taxi</i> [Pekin Taksi] (2010) filminden bir kare ©Journeyman Pictures
Still from the film Beijing Taxi (2010) ©Journeyman Pictures
SALT Galata, Auditorium

Beijing Taxi (2010)
Director: Miao Wang
78 minutes
Mandarin; Turkish and English subtitles

This documentaryis a timely, uncensored and richly cinematic portrait of China’s ancient capital as it undergoes a profound transformation. The film takes an intimate and compelling look at the lives of three cab drivers as they confront modern issues and changing values against the backdrop of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. Through their daily struggles infused with humor and quiet determination, is revealed the complexity and contradictions of China’s shifting paradigm.

The 2008 Olympic Games triggered a massive construction process that resulted in a number of internationally acclaimed projects. Perhaps the most famous, the Beijing National Stadium, is known more informally as the Bird’s Nest. The stadium was designed by Basel-based architecture office Herzog & de Meuron in collaboration with China Architecture Design & Research Group, international structural engineering firm Arup, and with artistic consultancy by Ai Weiwei.

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