Toronto Giveaway: Tickets to ‘Piercing 1’ at the 2011 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

The 2011 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival kicks off this week! And if you haven’t been paying attention, then you may have missed your chance to buy a bunch of screenings which have since sold out.

8Asians a proud Media Sponsor of this year’s festival, and here is your chance to win tickets to a selected screening! But first, a bit about the screening: PIERCING 1:

This remarkable debut by Chinese artist Liu Jian is a nightmarish, punk-style animation about corruption, discrimination, and disaffected youth in modern-day China. Set during the 2008 financial crisis, the story takes place in a sombre city where many factories have been forced to close their doors.

Zhang is one of many who loses his job despite having a college degree. One day, he is accused of stealing and gets beat up by a supermarket security guard. Zhang and his friend conspire to get compensation from the store’s owner who happens to be one of the wealthiest businessmen in town.

A chain of events gets the two friends entangled in a complicated conspiracy between the store owner’s competitors and the police. The battle over power and money culminates in a brilliant and unexpected showdown at a teahouse. Both serious and humourous, elegant and grotesque, Liu’s social satire highlights the absurdities in the stereotypical Chinese villager’s dream to move to a big city, find a good job, and fit into urban society.

Liu Jian’s visually striking and expressive style is influenced by his background in gaudy and conceptual art. Gaudy art emerged in China in the 1990s as a response to contemporary kitsch and commercial manipulation of aesthetics. Gaudy artists are known for using vulgarity and ugliness to break apart artificial role models, pretentious classicism, and conformity in society. Also characterized as being sarcastic and skeptical of the superficial value system, gaudy art is ultimately a criticism of the cheapening of the human experience and the pursuit of happiness.

– Heather Keung


Ok, ok, so you just want to know how you can win some free screening tickets? Read on!

What you could win from 8Asians & the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival:
A pair of tickets to see PIERCING 1

Hurry, this contest closes soon, so the sooner you enter, the better!
ONE lucky winner will be selected for the screening.

Rules for entering:
1) Please be serious about using the tickets. Unused tickets suck! (Travel/accommodations to the Toronto area not included.)
2) Contributors to 8Asians and their immediate family members are not eligible to win.
3) Prizes are fulfilled by a third-party; 8Asians is not responsible for any lost or misdirected prizes.

How do you enter?
1) Like the 8Asians Facebook page!
2) Fill out the form below
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BONUS: Leave a short comment below sharing some thoughts about why you want to win the prize. Doing this doesn’t increase your chances of winning, but it certainly doesn’t hurt! (Note: DO NOT leave your email address in the body of your comment unless you want everyone to see it!)

Why do I have to fill out this form? We’re just trying to capture all the info needed to fulfill the prizes faster.

Can I enter more than once? No! Why you being so greedy?!

Prizes courtesy of: 8Asians & the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.

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