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October 20–26, 2017

Chicago Premiere

Absurd Accident

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Film still: Absurd Accident


"Absurd Accident's hangdog humor rarely fails"
  —Film Journal International

Bouncing with nail-biting suspense and ingenious humor, young Chinese filmmaker Li Yuhe's feature debut portrays a puzzling crime that happens in a small, rural town, where greed, lust and wit battle it out in one night. It all starts with a sexually challenged motel owner who hires a professional killer to punish his cheating wife. Everything goes exactly as planned until two blind dates, a robber, a policeman, and a strange dead body unexpectedly arrive. Confident, informed and effortless, Absurd Accident is not unlike a Chinese Fargo, as cops, crooks and cuckolds stumble over a corpse in this clever film noir comedy.

Directed by Li Yuhe, China, 2017, 97 mins. In Chinese with English subtitles.


  • Fri., Oct. 20 at 6:30 & 8:30 pm
  • Sat., Oct. 21 at 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 & 8:30 pm
  • Sun., Oct. 22 at 2:30 & 4:30 pm
  • Tues.–Thurs., Oct. 24–26 at 6:30 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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