Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires

A portrait: Jia Zhang-ke by Walter Salles, who genuinely admires him. That admiration doesn’t create a “fan” documentary, but one that carries the wisdom of someone who knows the work and life of the person he portrays –and wants to know more: that will to learn, or the film version of that will to learn, is crucial. Salles builds a mostly chronological path in order to go through Jia’s filmography, and sheds light on his biography also in aspects that aren’t strictly film-related –the way food was hard to come by in his childhood, the hardships, the communist repressions, and his relationship with his family, particularly his father. We start in streets of Fenyand, from Xiao Wu. Salles films Jia and his actor Wang Hongwei, the unforgettable lead in Xiao Wu (and other films by Jia.) They go through the streets featured in the film and talk with the precision and calm of those who have persevered in the work they believed in. That walk through the streets of Jia’s childhood, adolescence, and youth can’t help but describe and narrate –by comparison– the changes that took place in the last decades in China in general and that place in particular. Jia, a chronicler of so many changes, has placed his cinema at the service of his own critical astonishment before them. JPF

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Spanish title: Jia Zhang-ke, un hombre de Fenyang
English title: Jia Zhang-ke, a Guy from Fenyang
Year: 2015
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Minutes: 100
Seconds: 0


D: Walter Salles  

F: Inti Briones  

E: Joana Collier  

S: Dan-Feng Li 

P: Zhang Dong  

PE: Maria Carlota Bruno  

CP: Videofilmes 


Jia Zhang-ke, Zhao Tao, Wang Hongwei, Sanming


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