Zhang Yang at IFFR
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.
New realism from the exciting new generation of Chinese 'underground' film makers: a young guy starts posing in a policeman's jacket to impress a girl and raise his income.
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.
Young Dutch director made an (almost) entirely Chinese film. In a city where everything is new, an outsider is in any case no more out of place than the locals. Cinematographic portrait of modern life in the mega-city of Shanghai is made up of three separate stories about dreams and loves of twentysomethings.
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.
Successful Chinese example of minimalist cinema combines beautiful, very sharp HD images without camera movements with a story about a tragic relationship between a tattooed gangster and a hesitant girl suffering the pains of unrequited love.
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.
Longing for the Rain
The cliche that money doesn’t make you happy is perhaps nowhere more topical than in the nouveau riche Chinese middle classes. It acquires a surprising turn in Yang Lina's fiction debut: Asian ghost story, erotic drama and social documentary in a unique and explosive mix.
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.
A young surveyor has his eye on an attractive researcher, but she suddenly disappears during a seemingly successful appointment. Mysterious events follow one another thick and fast in this tense debut about love, surveillance and paranoia in modern-day China.
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.