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The "International Auteurs" program, part of the short film lineup at the 54th New York Film Festival, screens October 1 and 2. Follow our coverage of NYFF 2016 here. Never the ones to steal headlines and instigate marketing pushes, short film programs are nevertheless among the highlights of any film festival in some ways, giving glimpses of works unlikely to receive theatrical distribution or even digital releases even with big names attached. The NYFF's “International...
Jia Zhangke, A Guy from Fenyang Directed by Walter Salles May 27-June 2 at Anthology Film Archives Reviewing Mountains May Depart for this publication a few months ago, Nicolas Rapold began by noting that Jia Zhangke’s filmography is inextricably bound up in the sheer “scale of social and economic upheaval” in modern-day China. That Jia’s life story is also itself an at once profound and clipped-from-the-headlines-familiar story of a self-contained individual borne through almost unimaginable geographical,...
Mountains May Depart Directed by Jia Zhangke Opens February 12 It is more than a little remarkable and fortunate that cinema is around to observe and report on the epochal changes occurring in China today. And for this scale of social and economic upheaval—the migrations and mass re-employment (and sometimes enrichment) of hundreds of millions of people, the uprooting of centuries of tradition—we’re doubly fortunate that Jia Zhangke is around. A thriving portraitist of rare skill and sensitivity,...
Mountains May Depart screened on Monday, September 28 and Tuesday, September 29 in the main slate of the 53rd New York Film Festival. Kino Lorber will release the film theatrically next year. In 1999, when Mountains May Depart begins, Jia Zhangke had directed one feature film, Xiao Wu, a neorealist-inflected character study of a pickpocket. In the years since, his films have continued to attend to the lives of average residents of his hometown of...