Jia Zhang-ke

Jia Zhang-ke
Film director, Producer
Principal country concerned : Column : Music, Theater, Cinema/tv, Dance

Born in 1970 in Fenyang (Shanxi, Chine).


> 2006, Dong - KA (China)
Documentary project that put Jia Zhang-ke on the trail of his film Still Life, which won a Golden Lion. Portrait of the leading Chinese painter Liu Xiaodong, working upstream of the Three Gorges Dam in Sichuan and in Bangkok.

> 2006, Still Life - Sanxia haoren (Hong Kong, China)
Surprising winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. In one of the towns that will disappear under water through the rising waters of the gigantic Three Gorges Dam, a man is looking for the woman he deserted years ago and the woman is looking for her missing husband. Alongside a brilliant exercise in filming with high-definition, an emotional and social masterpiece. See also Dong.

> 2004, The World - Shi jie (China, Japan, France)
Attractive, intelligent portrait of a series of young inhabitants of Beijing, against the magnificent decor of a theme park with replicas of world famous buildings. Beautifully designed with short animations in manga style, electronic beats, beautiful tourist glitter shows and revealing dressing room scenes.

> 2002, Unknown Pleasures - Ren xiao yao (China, Japan)
Contemporary street-corner kids in China make good use of their time, because they want to die young. Before then, Xiao Ji first wants to bed a model; Bin Bin is mainly interested in karaoke. The third film by the greatest talent of the Chinese cinema.

> 2001, Digital Short Films (In Public, by Jia Zhang-Ke / Digitopia, by John Akomfrah / A Conversation with God, by Tsai Ming-liang) 2002 3x30 min (South Korea)
In these three thirty-minute films, three internationally renowned directors explore the possibilities of digital video. Two living urban portraits and a story about digital love that won't turn analogue.

The Korean Jeonju Film Festival commissioned three film-makers to make a film and only placed two restrictions on them: the length should be no more than thirty minutes and they had to film with a digital videocamera. Despite the very different results, all three films include moments in which the future of digital film becomes tangible. Digitopia by John Akomfrah is about a man who is torn back and forth between the digital and analogue world. He is desperately seeking love and tries to turn his digital relationship into a real relationship. The subject of his affections, a prostitute, is however less than enthusiastic.
For In Public, Jia spent 45 days filming public places in the former mining town of Datung. The influence of capitalism on the town is clear: an old bus is now a restaurant, a railway station has suddenly been turned into a disco. Datung has become a town without a function, but despite the depression, the inhabitants remain optimistic.
A Conversation with God is the most elusive of the three. Here Tsai Ming-liang searches for God, in a collage of lively images from the big city. We see a medium in trance, a river bank strewn with dead fish and a striptease. An exciting contemporary document.

> 2000, Zhan Tai - Platform (Hong Kong, China, Japan, France)
The political and social upheavals in the 1980s, as a consequence of Deng Xiao-ping's'open-door policy', have their effect on the members of a theatre group in a small village in the Chinese countryside.

> 1997, Xiao Wu MP (China, Hong Kong)
'No budget' feature starts as an exercise in raw social realism, but slowly develops into something more special. Xiao Wu is a scummy-yet-likeable petty thief whose loser's armour is stripped off layer by layer.

> 1996, Du Du.

> 1995, Xiao Shan Going Home


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  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
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