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STILL LIFE

Hong Kong / China, 2006 (MIFF 2007, Neighbourhood Watch)

Director: Zhang Ke Jia

STILL LIFE

“I entered this condemned city [Fengjie] with my camera and I witnessed demolitions and explosions. In the roaring noise and fluttering dust, I gradually felt that life really could blossom in brilliant colours even in a place with such desperation.” - filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke Fengjie's old town is already under water but its new neighbourhood hasn't been finished yet. There are things to salvage and there are things to leave behind for Han, a miner returning to look for his ex-wife, and Shen, a nurse searching for her husband. Set against the real-world displacement of China's riverbank communities, Still Life was shot in the 2000 year-old city of Fengjie, which has been torn down and submerged by the Three Gorges Dam project. Awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

D/S Jia Zhang-ke P Wang Tian-yan, Xu Peng-le, Zhu Ji-ong WS Memento Films L Chinese (Mandarin) w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2006/108mins

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