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Still Life

by JIA Zhang-ke

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The penniless Han Sanming comes to Fengjie to find his wife – and a daughter he has never met – after years of separation. Shen Hong, a nurse from the South, is trying to find her husband, now a businessman, to settle their divorce. The city is falling apart, as it will soon be engulfed by the Yangtze River when the Three-Gorges dam comes into operation. Still Life is Jia Zhang-ke’s most masterful film, and also the most ominous. Distances between the individual and the state have become rifts and never been so flagrant. The digital image – enveloping and close at time to impressionist painting – freezes the landscapes into still lifes. They will soon become phantoms – like souvenir photos or scenes on the back of banknotes, having no more power than a flimsy symbol. MM

  • Titre françaisStill Life
  • Original titleSANXIA HAOREN
  • Titre internationalStill Life
  • ScénarioJia Zhang-Ke
  • PhotoYu Lik-Wai
  • MontageKong Jinglei
  • SonZang Yang
  • MusiqueLim Giong
  • InterprétationZhao Tao, Lan Zhou
  • ProductionX Streams Pictures
  • DistributionAd Vitam
  • Support de projection35 mm
  • Ratio1:85

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