Jia Zhangke was born in Fenyang, Shanxi, in 1970, and graduated from the Beijing Film Academy. His debut feature UNKNOWN PLEASURES (2002) won prizes in Berlin, Vancouver and elsewhere. Since then, his films have routinely premiered in the major European festivals. STILL LIFE won the Golden Lion in Venice IFF in 2006, and A TOUCH OF SIN won the Best Screenplay prize in Cannes IFF in 2013. Several of his films have blurred the line between fiction and documentary. He has also produced films by many young directors, and has made cameo appearances in films for other directors. In 2015, Jia Zhangke returned to Cannes to receive the Carrosse d’Or Prize and his feature MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART (2015) was selected in Competition. In 2018 ASH IS PUREST WHITE featured in competition at Cannes 2018. SWIMMING OUT TILL THE SEA TURNS BLUE (2020) premiered at Berlinale.