Jia ZhangkeStill: 24 City
(selection) Xiaoshan huijia/Xiao Shan Going Home (1995, short), Xiao wu/Pickpocket (1998), Zhantai/Platform (2000), In Public (2001, doc), Gou de zhuang khuang/The Condition of Dogs (2001, short doc), Ren xiao yao/Unknown Pleasures (2002), Shije/The World (2004), Dong (2006, doc), Sanxia haoren/Still Life (2006), Women de shi nian/Ten Years (2007, short), Wu yong/Useless (2007, doc), Er shi si cheng ji/24 City (2008), Heshang de aiqing/Cry Me a River (2008, short), Stories on Human Rights (2008, segment: Black Breakfast), Shia nian/Remembrance (2008, short), Hai shang chuan qi/I Wish I Knew (2010, doc), Yulu (2011, short doc, segment: Cao ), 3.11 Sense of Home (2011, doc, segment: untitled), (Tian zhu ding/A Touch of Sin (2013), Venice 70: Future Reloaded (2013, segment: untitled) Smog Journeys (2015, short), Shan he gu ren/Mountains May Depart (2015), The Hedonists (2016, short), Where Has the Time Gone? (2017, segment: Revive), Ash Is Purest White (2018) Yi ge tong/The Bucket (2019, short), Yi zhi you dao hai shui bian lan/Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue (2020, doc), Lai fang/Visit (2020, short)
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Jia Zhangke at IFFR
'No budget' feature starts as an exercise in raw social realism, but slowly develops into something more special. Xiao Wu is a scummy-yet-likeable petty thief whose loser's armour is stripped off layer by layer.
The political and social upheavals in the 1980s, as a consequence of Deng Xiao-ping's 'open-door policy', have their effect on the members of a theatre group in a small village in the Chinese countryside.
Digital Short Films (In Public/Digitopia/A Conversation with
In these three thirty-minute films, three internationally renowned directors explore the possibilities of digital video. Two living urban portraits and a story about digital love that won't turn analogue.
Contemporary street-corner kids in China make good use of their time, because they want to die young. Before then, Xiao Ji first wants to bed a model; Bin Bin is mainly interested in karaoke. The third film by the greatest talent of the Chinese cinema.
The childless Ama Tsomo is getting very old. The village is going to take care of her life, so she sets her Yaks free. Later it is reported that her Yaks have been stolen, but she doesn't want to have them back as she worries that the thieves would be caught.
Father turns out to be gay and the son falls in love with a prostitute. A unique glimpse behind the scenes of Chinese gay whores, in this docudrama by the eccentric chronicler of gay Beijing.
The Outer World
A story about a village girl who has a dream of becoming a movie star and wants to have her dream come true in the city of Beijing. However, her fiancé, her parents and other close friends don't agree, and try to stop her from going to Beijing.
The Summer Vacation of that Year
The film deals with a boy's summer holidays in a remote village in 1992. Little Fatty has been assigned by his mother to some work, including feeding pigs and finishing his homework. But instead, Little Fatty spends his time with his friends swimming, fishing, fighting, stealing watermelon, and gets cursed by his parents when they find out. When the school term resumes, Little Fatty wants a watch, but is refused by his mother. In the end, Little Fatty paints a watch on his wrist.
Attractive, intelligent portrait of a series of young inhabitants of Beijing, against the magnificent decor of a theme park with replicas of world famous buildings. Beautifully designed with short animations in manga style, electronic beats, beautiful tourist glitter shows and revealing dressing room scenes.
Walking on the Wild Side
Autobiographically tinted film about the hopelessness of life in a Chinese mining town where the advance of the market economy leads to depressing lawlessness, that draws heavily on the sworn friendship of three boys.
Documentary project that put Jia Zhang-ke on the trail of his film Still Life, which won a Golden Lion. Portrait of the leading Chinese painter Liu Xiaodong, working upstream of the Three Gorges Dam in Sichuan and in Bangkok.
Surprising winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. In one of the towns that will disappear under water through the rising waters of the gigantic Three Gorges Dam, a man is looking for the woman he deserted years ago and the woman is looking for her missing husband. Alongside a brilliant exercise in filming with high-definition, an emotional and social masterpiece. See also Dong.
A lonely woman and a photographer meet every couple of years on a train and their virtually wordless bond expresses a world of feelings.
Portrait of the unusual Chinese fashion designer Ma Ke, who incorporates the natural process of growth and decay in her clothes. But Jia goes further: in an elegant way he juxtaposes Ma Ke with mass production, but also places her in the tradition of small village dressmakers. Part two in his 'Trilogy of Artists'.
Master chronicler of change in China, Jia Zhang-ke, continues to innovate his style. Documentary flows into fiction. In nine 'interviews' we see the story of the conversion of Factory 420 into the luxury apartment complex 24 City.
Winner of the Dragons & Tigers Award in Vancouver is a combination of film styles: an intriguing, fictional portrait of a stubborn young woman who tries to escape from her poor existence in freezing Manchuria and then, in a documentary style, fragments from the life of a Hong Kong woman with marital problems.
Hello, Mr. Tree!
Han Jie (Tiger Award winner with Walk on the Wild Side, 2005) constructs a slightly absurd social comedy around the eccentric protagonist Mr Tree (Wang Baoqing), a fable about guilt, punishment and greed in the new China, where fantasy and harsh reality clash in a Fellini-esque way.
Memories Look at Me
A film in which the characters are all themselves and we look on in silence: a daughter with a life of her own in Beijing visits her parents in her birthplace. One of the most modest films of the year, but also one of the most memorable, meticulous, authentic and loving.
A Touch of Sin
Modern impression of China, inspired by four unofficial news reports that appeared principally on Weibo (the Chinese Twitter), investigating why so many 'insignificant' incidents these days end with serious violence. Chinese master filmmaker won an award in Cannes.Please note, all public screenings of this film will be with Dutch subtitling only.
Mountains May Depart
1999, 2014 and 2025 provide the historic and futuristic backdrops for Jia Zhangke’s ambitious take on the open wound of feelings that hardly matter anymore and the selling off of the Chinese identity in the Delicious New World. "Has anyone got a plaster?" someone once asked in Jia's The World. No, being the answer.
Ash Is Purest White
Dancer Qiao and gangster Bin’s violent love story plays out from 2001 to 2017 in a rapidly changing China.