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This Weekend's Must-Sees: "The Devil's Miner" and Jia Zhangke

by Anthony Kaufman
March 17, 2006 7:15 AM
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In my tireless attempt to save the experience of moviegoing in theaters, I urge dedicated filmgoers to check out "The Devil's Miner" this weekend at New York's Cinema Village. For a Tribeca fest preview last year, I called the movie "a gorgeously photographed and harrowing portrait of a fatherless indigenous 14-year-old working as a silver minor in "the mountain that eats men," Bolivia's famous Cerro Rico. Both a fascinating human rights expose and a touching coming-of-age document, 'The Devil's Miner' is the kind of subtle, cultural study that is easily lost amidst the hype of a big film festival."

Providing even more of a precious chance for cinephillic thrills, Anthology Film Archives is running a series of films by the brilliant Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke. Tomorrow, Saturday, they're showing his Bressonian low-budget "The Pickpocket" (3:45pm), the wonderfully subversive Godardian pop teen film "Unknown Pleasures" (6pm) and last year's sorrowful globalization theme-park masterpiece "The World" (8:30pm). Pack some snacks and check them out. All three must be seen on the big screen.

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