Xiaoshan Going Home
China | 1995 | Color | 59 min | Jia Zhangke
MONDAY 5 | CINEMEX ALTAVISTA | 19:30 HRS. | 59 MIN
SATURDAY 10 | CINETECA NACIONAL SALA 10 | 17:00 HRS. | 59 MIN
Director: Jia Zhangke
Screenplay: Jia Zhangke
Cinematography: Hu Xin
Production Company: Beijing Film Academy
Cast: Wang Hongwei, Dong Shuzhe, Yao Sheng, Zhou Xiaomin, Zhu Liqin
Xiaoshan Going Home traces a few days in the life of a migrant worker in Beijing. As the Chinese New Year draws near, Xiaoshan (Wang Hongwei), an out-of-work restaurant cook, decides to return home to visit his family for the holiday. The entire 59-minute film traces Xiaoshan’s journey – not as he returns home – but as he traverses Beijing calling on a variety of characters, including a university student, a ticket scalper, and a prostitute in hopes of finding someone willing to accompany him back to his hometown. This short feature was actually a student film shot during Jia’s days at the Beijing Film Academy; it would help establish his later stylistic direction and attention to the everyday.
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.
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