24 City
Er shi si cheng ji Director: Jia Zhang-ke


Chengdu nowadays. The state owned factory 420 shuts down to give way to a complex of luxury apartments called "24 CITY".

Three generations, eight characters: old workers, factory executives and yuppies, their stories melt into the history of China.

"Jia Zhang-ke's 24 CITY recounts the dramatic and thunderous fall of the state-owned Factory 420, exploring both its physical demolition and its powerful symbolic echo of a half-century of communist rule. But it is the film's hyper-realistic, contemplative form that leaves the most lasting impression. Lingering on the ruins of an industrial era, Jia excavates the debris of collective
memories to create a document that is part history and part faithful fiction."

Giovanna Fulvi, Toronto Film Festival


Festivals and awards: Cannes (in competition), Toronto
Links: Trailer

Programme: Eastern Sunrise

Country: China, Hong Kong, Japan
Year: 2008
Length: 112
Language: Mandarin
Producer: Jia Zhang-ke, Shozo Ichiyama, Wang Hong
Screenplay: Jia Zhang-ke, Zhai Yongming
Director: Jia Zhang-ke
Cinematography: Yu Lik-wai, Wang Yu
Music: Lim Giong
Editor: Lin Xudong, Kong Jinlei

Cast: Joan Chen, Lv Liping, Zhao Tao

Producer: Xstream Pictures/China Resources/Shanghai Film Group


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Jia Zhang-ke

Jia Zhang-ke (b. 1970, Fenyang, China) studied painting as a teenager and wrote a novel at the age of twenty-one. He entered the Beijing Film Academy in 1993 and founded the Youth Experimental Film Group two years later. After graduating from film school in 1997, he made his feature directorial debut with "Pickpocket". Most of his last features including "Still Life", which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2006, have been screened at PÖFF. 24 CITY is his ninth full-length feature.

Xiao Wu (Pickpocket, 1997), Zhantai (2000, Tribüün, PÖFF 2001), In Person (2001), In Public (2001), Ren xiao yao (Tundmata rõõmud, PÖFF 2002), Shi Jie (Maailm, PÖFF 2004), Sanxia Haroen (Vaikelu, PÖFF 2006), Dong (2006, doc), Wu yong (Kasutu, PÖFF 2007, DOC), Er Shi Si Cheng Ji (24 City, 2008)


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