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Jia Zhangke on Jia Zhangke: A Portrait of a Filmmaker

Last Updated on 2023/02/27

A Deep Dive into the Creative Process and Vision of One of China’s Most Acclaimed Filmmakers

“Jia Zhangke on Jia Zhangke” is a remarkable collection of conversations between the celebrated Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke and film scholar Michael Berry. This volume offers an intimate and insightful portrait of Jia’s life, art, and philosophy of filmmaking. Berry draws on extensive interviews and public talks with Jia to explore the filmmaker’s formative years, childhood, and artistic influences.

The discussions between Jia and Berry delve into the nuances of Jia’s major narrative films, including the acclaimed works such as “Xiao Wu,” “Platform,” “The World,” “Still Life,” and “A Touch of Sin.” Jia offers a firsthand account of his creative process and the challenges he faces in bringing his vision to the screen. He shares his thoughts on a wide range of topics, including film music, working with actors, cinematography, screenwriting, and the Chinese film industry.

Beyond the technical aspects of filmmaking, Jia and Berry explore the intersection of art and politics, discussing the ways in which Jia’s work reflects and engages with contemporary Chinese society. Jia shares his views on social and economic issues, providing a unique perspective on the rapid changes taking place in China over the past few decades.

Overall, “Jia Zhangke on Jia Zhangke” provides an unparalleled opportunity to gain insight into the mind of one of the most important filmmakers of our time. This comprehensive document captures Jia’s candid thoughts on the art and challenges of filmmaking, making it a must-read for anyone interested in the intersection of art, culture, and society in contemporary China.

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