Mountains May Depart

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    Mountains May Depart

    Shan he gu ren

    Directed by

    China, Japan, France

    2015

    126 min

    • English
    • Mandarin

    Drama

    Cannes IFF - Competition

    China, 1999. Childhood friends Liangzi and Zhang are both in love with Tao, the town beauty. Tao eventually decides to marry the wealthier Zhang. They soon have a son he names Dollar… From China to Australia, the lives, loves, hopes and disillusions of a family over two generations in a society changing at breakneck speed.

    Awards

    • Audience Award to the European Film - San Sebastián IFF
    • Best Screenplay (Jia Zhangke) - Asian Film Awards
    • Audience Choice, Best Original Screenplay - Golden Horse Awards

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Zhao Tao
    Zhang Yi
    Liang Jindong
    Dong Zijian
    Sylvia Chang
    Screenplay
    Zhangke Jia
    Cinematography
    Nelson Lik-wai Yu
    Editing
    Matthieu Laclau
    Music
    Yoshihiro Hanno

    Director's Statement

    It’s because I’ve experienced my share of ups and downs in life that I wanted to make MOUNTAINS MAY DEMPART. This film spans the past, the present and the future, going from 1999 to 2014 and then to 2025. China’s economic development began to skyrocket in the 1990s. Living in this surreal economic environment has inevitably changed the ways that people deal with their emotions. The impulse behind this film is to examine the effect of putting financial considerations ahead of emotional relationships. If we imagine a point ten years into our future, how will we look back on what’s happening today? And how will we understand “freedom”? Buddhist thought sees four stages in the flow of life: birth, old age, sickness and death. I think the ultimate point of this film is to say: Whatever times we live through, none of us can avoid experiencing those stages, those difficult moments. Mountains may depart, relationships may endure.

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    Press

    Few filmmakers working today look as deeply at the changing world as Jia Zhangke does, or make the human stakes as vivid.

    Manohla Dargis, New York Times

    A mysterious and in its way staggeringly ambitious piece of work.

    Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

    Zhang-Ke Jia

    Zhang-Ke Jia

    China

    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.

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