Still Life

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Director: JIA ZHANG-KE

Celebrated Chinese director Jia (Platform, Unknown Pleasures) sets his pastiche of ordinary lives against the extraordinary backdrop of Fengjie, the ancient city threatened with destruction in the flooding on the Yangtze of the Three Gorges Dam Project.

Still Life’s sweeping camera follows two very different quests: a miner hunts for the purchased wife who fled from him 16 years earlier, and a young nurse tries to track down her work-obsessed husband. This elegantly photographed study of a periled humanity claimed the 2006 Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion Award. “A modern master of postmodern discontent, Jia Zhang-ke is among the most strikingly gifted filmmakers working today.” – New York Times

CHINA • 2006 • 108 MINUTES • DIRECTOR: JIA ZHANG-KE

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