Platform, October 15
See September 12.
A performance troupe struggles to keep up during China's 1980s move from communism to capitalism. “Might be the greatest film to come out of mainland China.”-Jonathan Rosenbaum
A Vegas-style theme park in Beijing provides the lonely-planet setting for Jia's parable on China's cultural renovation: fake landscapes, real problems. “Highly original, brilliantly conceived.”-Tony Rayns
Teenage life in a Chinese backwater forms “as true a picture of contemporary existence as we could hope for right now.”-Film Comment
Jia's expansive investigation of Chinese industry penetrates three layers of the fashion business-a huge factory, avant-garde designer Ma Ke, and small-town tailors.
Jia's rarely screened Beijing Film Academy thesis film portrays a cook (Xiao Wu's lead actor) desperate to head home. With short In Public.
A small-time, undermotivated pickpocket finds himself on the wrong end of China's economic leap forward. A milestone in contemporary Chinese cinema.
The controversial Three Gorges Dam project frames two stories in Jia's examination of a city under (de)construction. Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival. Repeated on October 17.
Jia follows artist Liu Xiaodong as he paints the yang (construction workers in China) and yin (models in Bangkok) of modern Asia. With short Our Ten Years.