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Jia Zhangke's Golden Lion winner tells two contemplative and compassionate stories of a man and woman searching for absent spouses in an ancient town on the Yangtze River.

Jia Zhangke's Golden Lion winner tells two contemplative and compassionate stories of a man and woman searching for absent spouses in an ancient town on the Yangtze River.

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Set against the spectacular landscape of the Three Gorges region, Jia Zhangke's humane and moving Golden-Lion winner tells two contemplative and compassionate stories of a man and a woman searching for absent spouses in Fengjie, an ancient town on the Yangtze River which is being demolished and will soon vanish for ever in the flooding caused by the controversial Three Gorges hydroelectric dam project. At the same time as offering a revelatory, thought-provoking portrait of people adrift in a world they no longer recognise, Still Life also reveals their energy, resilience and ability to reach new understandings. With long, uninterrupted takes, Jia Zhangke subjects the changing landscape to intense lyrical scrutiny, illuminating the relationship between individuals and their environment and the strange co-existence of man-made squalor with so much natural beauty.

"The resonant setting, lovely performances and surrealist surprises make for transfixing viewing" – Tony Rayns

Set against the spectacular landscape of the Three Gorges region, Jia Zhangke's humane and moving Golden-Lion winner tells two contemplative and compassionate stories of a man and a woman searching for absent spouses in Fengjie, an ancient town on the Yangtze River which is being demolished and will soon vanish for ever in the flooding caused by the controversial Three Gorges hydroelectric dam project. At the same time as offering a revelatory, thought-provoking portrait of people adrift in a world they no longer recognise, Still Life also reveals their energy, resilience and ability to reach new understandings. With long, uninterrupted takes, Jia Zhangke subjects the changing landscape to intense lyrical scrutiny, illuminating the relationship between individuals and their environment and the strange co-existence of man-made squalor with so much natural beauty.

"The resonant setting, lovely performances and surrealist surprises make for transfixing viewing" – Tony Rayns

Extras

  • Feature Commentary by Tony Rayns
  • Dong (Jia Zhangke, 2006, 66 minutes) a documentary companion piece to Still Life on painter Liu Xiaodong and his subjects: male labourers from Still Life and female entertainment workers in Bangkok
  • Illustrated booklet with essays by Chris Berry, Jia Zhanke; and interviews with Jia , director biography

Additional Info

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SKU 5035673007532
Catalogue Number BFIVD753
Subtitle A film by Jia Zhangke
Product contents
  • Feature Commentary by Tony Rayns.
  • Dong (Jia Zhangke, 2006, 66 min): a documentary companion piece to Still Life about painter Liu Xiaodong and his subjects, including male labourers from Still Life and female entertainment workers in Ban
Year 2006
Director Zhangke, Jia
Format DVD
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries China
Aspect ratio 1.78:1
Colour Colour
Sound Sound
Subtitles English; Hard of Hearing for commentary
Language(s) Mandarin
Running time 109
DVD region 2
Certificate 15

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