“A bitter, brutal, often brilliant exploration of violence and corruption in contemporary China.” - Jon Frosch, The Atlantic

"A tragedy with elements of pulpy action and black comedy.” - Dennis Lim, LA Times

April 18 at 6pm | Winner of Best Screenplay at Cannes Film Festival, A TOUCH OF SIN is composed of four vignettes involving violence and vengeance in contemporary China. The film confronts taboos of crime, corruption, adultery and prostitution by grounding its stories in actual news stories from the 2000s—as if tracing effects of modernization on the most vulnerable of Chinese citizens. An ocean away from Mexico, A TOUCH OF SIN considers the emergence of what Valencia calls the “endriago subject”—the new entrepreneur who is willing to commit violence as a sort of independent contractor—in a nation branded as the ultimate resistance to capitalist logic.

Awards & Nominations

Winner - Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival
Nominee - Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival
Nominee - Best International Film, Film Independent Spirit Awards

Gore Capitalism Lecture SeriesProfessor Daniel R. Quiles presents Gore Capitalism, a lecture series centered on the everyday “horror” we are living through and how the individual gets caught in uneven wars between classes, races, genders, sexual orientations, healthy and sick, states and citizens. Presented in collaboration with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Art History, Theory and Criticism, and Film, Video, New Media, and Animation departments. View full series here

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