Piercing 1 – L.A. Premiere

Location: The Silent Movie Theatre, 611 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Date: December 4 at 4:30pm
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Description: Liu Jan’s Piercing 1, the first-ever Chinese independent feature film, is a bold and biting meditation on the dire state of modern-day China’s economy. Jian took it upon himself to singlehandedly finance and bring his uncompromising vision to life; after selling his house, emptying his savings and borrowing from every possible relative, he spent the next three years animating his first feature on a WACOM graphic tablet. A gripping story of one man’s travails as he transitions from pastoral China to the big city, Piercing 1 follows the hapless Zhang Xiaojun, his journey towards disillusionment and subsequent convergence with a cast of similarly desperate characters. In response to the film’s screening at Annecy, critic Thierry Meranger wrote: “Dry and without concessions, [Jian’s] first feature . . . is a vivid sign of Chinese animation’s return.”