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VIFF 2015: Mountains May Depart (Jia Zhangke, 2015)

 Part of our coverage of the 2015 Vancouver International Film Festival. This review is by Vancouver-based critic Neil Bahadur.

The most ambitious film so far from the great director Jia Zhangke, working in a gorgeous, cyclical structure that it might make it too easy to disregard the film’s more provocative aspects. 1,374 more words

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Busan: Chinese Indies Look for New Outlets

“I’m only talking to you because you are a friend and I know you will not use my name.”

Discussing independent cinema in China is a cloak-and-dagger activity, perhaps a dangerous one. 1,044 more words


Five films to see at the Festival du nouveau cinéma

The Montreal Gazette’s film critic T’Cha Dunlevy picked his top five must-sees for this year’s Festival du nouveau cinéma.

Here’s the list:

El Club

Chilean auteur Pablo Larrain follows his Oscar-nominated 2013 political thriller No with this darkly humorous tale of four priests relegated to a monastery at the edge of the world. 435 more words


Poor Man's Violence

From Jia Zhangke’s film “A Touch of Sin”

“I’m trying to create a panorama view of our society. Lately, the occurrence of acts of violence continues to increase. 1,313 more words

Law And Order

Mission Improbable as Jia Zhangke’s ‘Mountains’ Releases in China Against ‘Rogue Nation’

Going up against the release of Alibaba-backed “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” is a tall order for any film in China. That, however, is the challenge being taken up by Chinese auteur Jia Zhangke and “Mountains May Depart,” his drama which premiered in competition in Cannes. 461 more words


Busan Festival To Open With India's 'Zubaan'

Indian drama “Zubaan,” directed by Mozez Singh, will open the 20th edition of the Busan International Film Festival.

Chinese film, “Mountain Cry” directed by Larry Yang will close the festival, which runs Oct. 335 more words


Walter Salles, Laurie Anderson in San Sebastian's Zabaltegi

Marcia Tambutti’s “Beyond My Grandfather Allende,” Walter Salles’ “Jia Zhangke, A Guy From Fenyang” and Laurie Anderson’s “Heart of a Dog” figure among the highlights of the 63rd San Sebastian Festival’s Zabaltegi sidebar, which concentrates some of the most unclassifiable and suggestive proposals of the current international film scene. 514 more words