The 8th feature film by China‘s prominent filmmaker Jia Zhangke portrays the complex life of Tao, a shopkeeper and an amateur dancer at a remote mining town in Western China, and of those close to her, in three different periods: 1999, 2014 and 2025. The film is set in mainland China and Australia. Mountains May Depart raises both subtle and tough questions of relations, family, tradition, modernity, commercialism and identity in past, present and future Modern China. The film was presented at Cannes Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival (2015).
Director: Jia Zhangke
Language: Chinese (Mandarin)
Opening Lecture: “3 Periods, 3 Places, 3 Characters”- A social-historical overview following Mountains May Depart. Lecture by Dr. Adiel Portugali, Tel Aviv University & China Culture Center
Cinema East presents a collection of Chinese films, from the classics of 1930s Shanghai to China’s best sellers today. The screenings will be accompanied by theme lectures, exhibitions, cinema talks and further activities, which will expose and explore China’s varied cinematic and cultural landscape.
All films & lectures of Cinema East Series 2018 are FREE and open to the public.