Underground Fragrance- -
The lives of three people entwine in Beijing's Underground City. Yong Le, a young migrant worker from the south, salvages furniture to re-sell. He lives in a room in Beijing's Underground City, a labyrinthian former bomb shelter that serves as cheap housing for people looking for opportunity in the big city. But after a bad work accident leaves him temporarily blind, he has to use a rope to find his way around the dimly lit basement halls, until the night meets a girl at the other end of his rope. Xiao Yun, is a migrant too. She is desperately trying to find new employment so that she can leave her job pole dancing at nights. Her meeting with Yong Le and their burgeoning relationship encourages her to hunt for a more respectable job. At ground level, old Lao Jin has been struggling for years to get a decent compensation deal from the authorities who want to demolish his house. His health is declining and his savings are evaporating. And he's counting on Yong Le to sell his furniture at a good price. Three lives propelled by the "Chinese Dream" intermingle in the vast melting pot of the Beijing metropolis. "I used to be a ‘drifter' myself, in Paris, and my family is also currently suffering the troubles brought about by the relocation projects. That is why I am so passionate about and sensitive to this subject. I wish to portray the real emotions of the ‘southern drifters' and reflect both the coldness and warmth that co-exist in this environment." [Pengfei]
Underground Fragrance, a film by Chinese director Peng Fei, on Friday was awarded by Fedeora, the Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean, here at the Venice International Film Festival.