Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren)

Feature Film | CHN, FR, JP 2015 | 131' | Subtitled English

Like in his last motion picture, A TOUCH OF SIN, the rapid transformation of his native China again forms the underlying theme of Jia Zhangke’s most recent masterpiece, MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART. This time, he approaches the issue via the touching story of a love triangle, which stretches in three stages from the late 1990s to the future of the year 2025. Pretty teacher Tao is courted by two men: Liangzi, a mine worker, and Zhang, a member of the nouveaux riches. Tao opts for a financially secure future. But happiness isn’t necessarily in the mix for her, as is evidenced by the following 25 years. As the story jumps ahead in time, Jia and his outstanding cinematographer Yu Lik Wai gradually widen the format of MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART – from the classic 1.33:1 aspect ratio all the way to extreme cinemascope images in the final stretches of the film. This is Jia’s most personal and most accessible film to date, which industry journal Variety has called »a work of soaring ambition and deeply felt humanism.« The film was screened in competition in Cannes 2015.

Director
Jia Zhangke
Script
Jia Zhangke
Producers
Shôzô Ichiyama, Patrick Andre, Olivier Père
Photography
Nelson Lik-wai Yu
Editor
Matthieu Laclau
Sound
Juliette Heintz, Eric Chevallier, Raphaël Devillers, Olivier Goinard, Zhang Yang
Music
Yoshihiro Hanno
Casting
Jacqueline Alliss
Principal Cast
Tao Zhao, Yi Zhang, Jing Dong Liang, Zijian Dong, Sylvia Chang

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Selected filmography Jia Zhangke

PLATFORM (2000), UNKNOWN PLEASURES (2002), THE WORLD (2004), STILL LIFE (2006), A TOUCH OF SIN (2013)