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Films By Zhang Ke Jia

"Mr. Jia is working at the border where fiction and nonfiction meet, which is where this fantastically surreal country itself seems to exist." - New York Times ... For six decades Factory 420 in Sichuan China has been more than just an aeronautics factory - it has been a self-contained town of its ... Read more
Four friends reunited reminisce and mourn for lost youth. From director Jia Zhang-ke, whose feature films were profiled at MIFF in 2008. ... --- D/S Jia Zhangke P Zhang Dong, Eva Lam WS Xtreme Pictures L Mandarin w/English subtitles TD XXXX/2008 ... Read more
Festival guest Jia Zhang-ke arrived onto the international cinema scene with Pickpocket (1997), influenced most evidently by the work of Robert Bresson. Made well outside the state system, the film was awarded prizes at several international film festivals, including at Berlin and Pusan. Xiao Wu ... Read more
Platform (MIFF 01) is Jia Zhang-ke's ambitious follow-up to his highly successful debut, Pickpocket. Set over 1979 to 1989, it explores the tensions in expectations and world-views that emerge as China shifts from its isolationist Cultural Revolution years to its pop-cultural revolution of the ... Read more
Spanning the decade between 1979 and 1989, Jia Zhang Ke's second feature is a chronicle of social change, from Maoist fanaticism to capitalist indolence, as traced through a group of young performers who live in a small town in Shanxi province. Initially, they are all members of a cultural commune ... Read more
“I entered this condemned city [Fengjie] with my camera and I witnessed demolitions and explosions. In the roaring noise and fluttering dust, I gradually felt that life really could blossom in brilliant colours even in a place with such desperation.” - filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke Fengjie's old town ... Read more
The World is the first film of Jia Zhang-ke - MIFF filmmaker in focus - made with the tacit approval of the authorities. It is also his first film to be released in China. The World is set in World Park, a Beijing simulacra of must-see sights, where one can do a whistle-stop tour of the globe. Here ... Read more
Jia Zhang-ke's Unknown Pleasures depicts a trough of aimlessness. This third feature by Jia - in Official Competition at Cannes 2002 - again proves his ability to hold a light to China's alienated rural youth. Xiao Ji and Bin Bin are teenage lads who do little more than tool around on their ... Read more
Last year Jia Zhang-Ke captivated MIFF audiences with Platform, a politically charged epic concerning a troupe of young performers in rural Shanxi province. The young Chinese filmmaker's third feature - in Official Competition at Cannes this year, where it was nominated for the Palme D'Or - again ... Read more
“Clothes, a layer of substance in close contact with our skins, also have memories.” - filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke ... Jia Zhang-ke (Still Life, MIFF 07) picks at the fabric of the textile industry of China, the largest exporter of garments worldwide. Lingering among the cognoscenti of Paris Fashion ... Read more
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