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Jia Zhangke Speaks Out  : the Chinese Director's Texts on Film

Jia Zhangke Speaks Out : the Chinese Director's Texts on Film


JIA Zhangke - 贾樟柯


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Paru le : 01 Octobre 2015
Pages : 350
EAN 13 : 9781626430280

Jia Zhangke Speaks Out is a collection of writings by China's most acclaimed film director, Jia Zhangke. The book, originally published in 2009 by Peking University Press, contains Jia's selections of his own writings on film. While he has given numerous film-specific interviews throughout the years, his own notes on cinema, on his own production, and on Chinese culture are unknown to non-Chinese readers.

This collection gives access to the key scenes of his life, films, and meetings with other filmmakers, from Hou Hsiao-hsien to Martin Scorsese. From his point of view, we get an insightful and profoundly original take on China's film history, its ruptures and failings, as well as on the post-Tiananmen filmmaking industry, with its blockbusters on one side and indie films (like his) on the other.

About the author
Jia Zhangke, winner of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival's Carosse d'Or (Golden Coach) Prize for Innovation and Independence, is a groundbreaking Chinese filmmaker whose films have been nominated for the Cannes Palme d'Or Prize and won numerous international awards and critics' praise. Jia is, no less, a leading cultural critic in China.

Editorial Reviews

"Films like Platform, The World, and Still Life established Jia Zhangke as the single most important Chinese filmmaker of the past two decades. But besides his remarkable films, Jia has also come to be known in China as an important public intellectual and cultural critic. With Jia Zhangke Speaks Out: The Chinese Director's Texts on Film, the award-winning filmmaker's impressive body of writings on contemporary cinema are finally available to English readers. These thoughtful, insightful, and sometimes controversial essays, interviews, and film notes are a must-read for anyone interested in Chinese cinema or the work of this brilliant director."

— Michael Berry, author of Jia Zhangke's Hometown Trilogy

“Think you know Jia Zhangke because you've seen all his movies? Think again. Jia is a public intellectual as well as a film director, at least as well known in China for his insightful essays and online provocations as for his unique cinema. This exciting treasury of translated writings not only gives us Jia's thoughts on his own films but also on the state of Chinese film culture and so much more. Now you really know Jia.”

—Chris Berry, King's College London

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