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GIFF's Global Lens presents The Shaft on Dec 9th
(released 12/2/2010)
By greenroomwire

GIFF presents the 2010 Global Lens series at the Tampa Museum of Art:

What: The Shaft, a film from China

When: December 9 at 7 pm

Where: Tampa Museum of Art, 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602

Why: Come see a film, stroll through the museum, and enjoy food and wine at the cafe--another magnificent metropolitan experience.

How: $8 - general admission
$5 students/seniors and Tampa Museum of Art members, and GIFF members are free! (Become a 2011 member)

The Shaft (Dixia De Tiankong)

A film by Zhang Chi
Mandarin, with subtitles in English
China, 2008 (98 minutes)

Synopsis
In a poor mining town in western China, the stories of a father and his two children intersect and intertwine, illuminating complicated relationships hidden beneath the community's hardened exterior. Accused of an affair with her manager, the attractive daughter of the household finds herself spurned by her boyfriend and forced to accept an arranged marriage. Her brother dreams of being a singer, but after an unforeseen stint in prison, reluctantly heads into the mines like his father, who spends his days searching for the wife who left him many years ago. Writer-director Zhang Chi's wise and poetic debut delicately expresses the turmoil of emotion and expectation wrought by a calloused and difficult existence.

About the Director
Zhang Chi was born in Beijing, China in 1977. He studied film direction at the Central Academy of Drama, and served as the director of the Chinese national television company, CCTV, from 2000 to 2004. In 2008, he won China's Golden Rooster Award for Best Screenplay for the film Tokyo Trial. The Shaft is his first feature film.

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