As part of its “Finest in World Cinema” series, the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center will screen director Yu Li’s heartrending drama about a nervy love quadrangle, “Lost in Beijing,” on Friday, March 21, and Saturday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m.
The lives of two young migrant workers who move into the fashionable nightclub district in Beijing are plunged into turmoil as the wife is raped by her boss at the foot massage parlor. The husband’s jealousy and anger are dissipated when he decides to blackmail the rapist, but things become even more problematic when he finds out his wife is pregnant and either man might be the father.
Set against the frenzied backdrop of Beijing, this picture of modern life is a controversial assessment of human desires and greed in a China undergoing rapid economic expansion. The turbulence, instability and anxiety of the film’s characters, and the city that surrounds them, is translated through hand-held closeups and out of focus shots. “Lost in Beijing’s” attempt to show what is happening in China right now is revealed through a well drawn story of two very different married couples.
“Lost in Beijing” is in Mandarin with English subtitles, 112 minutes long, and is not rated. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students/seniors, or $3 for WHBPAC Film Society members, available by calling the Arts Center box office at (631) 288-1500, stopping by the PAC at 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, Wednesday to Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. and later on show nights, or online at www.WHBPAC.org.