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A film by Jia Zhang-ke

A masterful film from Jia Zhang-ke, the renowned director of Still Life and The World, 24 City chronicles the dramatic closing of a once-prosperous state-owned aeronautics factory in Chengdu, a city in Southwest China, and its conversion into a sprawling luxury apartment complex. Bursting with poetry, pop songs and striking visual detail, the film weaves together unforgettable stories from three generations of workers – some real, some played by actors (including Joan Chen) – into a vivid portrait of the human struggle behind China’s economic miracle.

· Mastered from original HD Source Material
· Cry Me A River (20 minutes, a short film by Jia Zhang-ke
· Film critic Scott Foundas interviews Jia Zhang-ke (46 minutes)
· Theatrical Trailer
· 5.1 Soundtrack
· Essay by film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum

* Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival, 2008
* Official Selection, Toronto Film Festival, 2008
* Official Selection, New York Film Festival, 2008

China / 2008 / 106 minutes / 1.85:1
Chinese with English Subtitles / Not Rated

"One of the most original filmmakers working today."
- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"An ingenious blend of documentary and fiction, as well as a meditation on history and its effacement in contemporary China."
- Richard Brody, New Yorker

"One of the world's preeminent filmmakers. A masterful and moving portrait."
- J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

"A vivid portrait of China devastated by commercial "progress."
- Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times

"One of the most interesting filmmakers working anywhere in the world."
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

"A quiet, beautifully rendered look at a landscape and culture in flux."
- G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle

"The planet's most excitingly original filmmaker."
- Scott Foundas, LA Weekly

"A virtuoso look at Jia Zhangke's rapidly modernizing homeland, capturing huge changes both economical and psychological."
- Mark Jenkins, NPR

"Surprisingly engrossing."
V.A. Musetto, New York Post

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