Platform

Zhantai 

China, Japan, France | 2000 |  Color | 155 min | Jia Zhangke

SUNDAY 4 | CINETECA NACIONAL SALA 10 | 15:30 HRS. | 155 MIN

THURSDAY 8 | CINEMEX REFORMA CASA DE ARTE | 15:00 HRS. | 155 MIN

Director: Jia Zhangke

Screenplay: Jia Zhangke

Producer: Ichiyama Shozo, Li Kit-ming
Cinematography: Nelson Lik-wai Yu
Editing: Jinlei Kong

Sound: Yang Zhang

Music: Yoshihiro Hanno

Production Company: Artcam International, Bandai Entertainment Inc., Hu Tong Communications, Office Kitano, T-Mark

Cast: Wang Hongwei, Zhao Tao, Liang Jingdong, Tian Yi Yang, Bo Wang

 

Synopsis:

The leader of a performance group announces a change in their program policy: “From now on, Western-style pop music and permed hair will be included in our shows.” Small changes, but changes all the same… The influences of the West and the adoption of more modern conventions begin to slowly manifest themselves in the group’s small provincial town with the mid-80’s shift in China’s government policies. A creative look at an important chapter in Chinese history (1979 – 1989). 

Biography:

Jia Zhangke (1970, China) is a director, screenwriter and producer. He grew up in Fenyang, Shanxi province. He graduated from the film academy in Beijing in 1997. His first feature, Pickpocket (1998), won him awards at film festivals in Berlin, Pusan, Vancouver and others. With films like Platform (2000) and Still Life (2006) he became a prominent figure in the film scene, both in China and the rest of the world. Many of his films have been shown at renowned film festivals such as Rotterdam, Berlin, Cannes, Toronto, San Sebastián and New York among others. Still Life  won the Golden Lion in Venice in 2006, A Touch Of Sin won the Best Screenplay prize in Cannes in 2013 and Mountains May Depart and Ash Is Purest White were in competition in Cannes 2015 and 2018. In 2015, he was awarded the Golden Coach to honour his entire body of work. Jia is at the forefront of China’s indie cinema. His films often blur the line between fiction and documentary.

Festivals:

Venice Film Festival –Netpac Award– 2000, Italy

Locarno International Film Festival, 2010, Switzerland

Toronto International Film Festival, 2000, Canada

International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2001, The Netherlands