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What will one do for the love of music? For the love of one’s child? For the loss of love? This month’s independent feature film, The Piano in a Factory (Gang de qin) features some of the most basic geometric designs for coping with the human condition: hope, derangement, and beautiful music. The film centers on Chang, who is trying to prove his worth to his estranged wife and win custody of their young daughter by securing a piano for her. After a number of failed attempts to purchase, fake, and even steal one he recruits a rag tag bunch of sympaticos to help him build one from scratch in an disused factory. The dream sequences are wonderful to behold, and the contrast between the lovely music created in and among the industrial wasteland is a perfect metaphor for Chang’s struggle to find the positive in his desperate situation. There’s a lot of heart to this film, and a lot of love among the ruins.
The Piano in a Factory, a film by Zhang Meng. The film is in Mandarin with English Subtitles. Run time 105 minutes. Please note: These Independent films are not rated by the MPAA and should be considered for mature audiences. The Pollard Library Independent Film night occurs on the 2nd Thursday of every month. The events are free and open to the public. Made possible by the Friends of the Library