• Xiao Shan Going Home

    1995. China. Jia Zhangke. 58 min.

  • In Public

    2001. China. Jia Zhangke. 30 min.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 8:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • Xiao Shan Going Home

    1995. China. Directed by Jia Zhangke. Wang Hongwei, Zhou Xiaomin, Zhu Liqin, Yao Sheng. Jia’s amazing thesis film, made with friends from the Young Experimental Filmmakers Club, caught the eye of producers when it was shown at the Hong Kong Short Film Festival. The plight of China’s migrant workers is a recurring theme in the director’s subsequent work; here he explores the story of a cook trying to find fellow travelers for a journey from Beijing to his hometown for New Year’s. The characters speak a regional dialect, the handheld camera work takes on the manic rhythm of the streets, and various texts anchoring the narrative in daily minutia are intermittently superimposed over the onscreen images, creating a great sense of texture. In Mandarin; English subtitles. 58 min.

  • In Public

    2001. China. Directed by Jia Zhangke. A survey of public spaces, including a train station, a pool hall, and a bus stop. People appear either alone or briefly connecting. No dialogue. 30 min.

In the Film exhibition Jia Zhangke: A Retrospective

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