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Country: China, France, Japan
Language: Cantonese, English, Mandarin
Subtitles: English
Original Title: SHAN HE GU REN

Running Time: 131min
Film Year: 2015
Category: Knight Competition

When our economic climate dramatically takes a turn for the worse, what is its toll on our emotional wellbeing? Can ordinary people under extraordinary stress be expected to foresee the consequences of their actions? These are questions that visionary filmmaker Jian Zhang-ke (A Touch of Sin) posits in his latest film.

Mountains May Depart’s timeline spans the past, present and future of Tao, a young beauty living a Chinese village forced to choose between two men who are both madly in love with her: Liangzi, a shy coal miner, and Zhang, an extroverted gas station proprietor. It’s 1999, and China’s economy has begun to skyrocket. Tao marries Zhang and they have a son, Dollar. When they divorce in 2014, Zhang is a successful magnate about to move his business to Australia. Tao allows Dollar to go live with his father abroad. Eleven years later, in his adoptive country, Dollar no longer speaks his first language and barely communicates with his now bankrupt father. All that he remembers of his mother is her name.

This is a complex exploration of core values in conflict, of love and freedom, loyalty and obligation, Jia’s exceptional ability to meld genres and convey narrative through a various cinematic tools make Mountains May Depart at once resonant and hugely entertaining. – Orlando Rojas


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Director: Jia Zhangke
Producer: Jia Zhangke, Ren Zhonglun, Shozo Ichiyama, Nathanael Karmitz
Screenwriter: Zhang-ke Jia

Music: Yoshihiro Hanno
Cinematographer: Yu Lik-Wai
Editor: Matthieu Laclau

Cast: Zhao Tao, Zhang Yi, Liang Jin Dong, Dong Zijian, Sylvia Chang, Han Sanming

Jia Zhangke

Jia Zhangke was born in Fenyang, Shanxi, China. He studied at the Beijing Film Academy. His prolific filmography includes Platform (2000), Unknown Pleasures (2002), Still Life (2006), which won the Golden Lion at Venice, 24 City (2009), which played at the Festival, A Touch of Sin (2013) and Mountains May Depart (2015).