- Still Life
- Sānxiá hǎorén
- China/Hong Kong2006
- Jia Zhang-ke
“Sublime, soulful art … Jia Zhang-ke is among the most strikingly gifted filmmakers working today.”Manohla Dargsoss, New York Times
Chinese master Jia Zhang-ke has established himself as one of the essential filmmakers of our time with his chronicles of 21st-century China in seismic transition. Jia’s elegiac Still Life won the Golden Lion at Venice in 2006 and remains one of his central achievements. The film is set against a startling modern-day apocalypse: the demolishment of Fengjie, a two-thousand-year-old city on the Yangtze River, in advance of its flooding by the massive Three Gorges hydroelectric dam. In separate storylines, we follow two individuals seeking to salvage remnants of their respective pasts before the town is submerged. Jia regular Han Sanming plays a coal miner in search of the wife who abandoned him many years before. Jia muse Zhao Tao is a nurse looking for her errant husband. The blend of fictional and documentary elements is Jia’s trademark, as is this stately work’s Antonioni-like compositional rigour and beauty.
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“Simply one of the best films of last year, this year, or any year to come … Jia’s great subject — that of a nation making ‘progress’ faster than its own people can keep up with it — reaches its fullest and most painfully beautiful expression yet.”Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
“Exhilarating … A movie to change one's view of both cinema and life.”John Anderson, Newsday
“Deeply felt and quietly impressive … Zhao Tao has such a commanding presence … Still Life is a poignant record of a hidden sorrow in modern, powerhouse China.”Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
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