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Lecture & Film: Chris Berry about Jia Zhangkes ÈRSHÍSÌ CHÉNG JÌ

16. January 2020 | 20:15 - 22:30


PR China 2008. Director: Jia Zhangke
Cast: Chen Jianbin, Lü Liping, Joan Chen, Zhao Tao, 107 mins. 35mm. Original language version with English subtitles.

From Rewriting History to Rethinking of Historiography
Lecture by Chris Berry (approx. 45 mins) in English language.

Film screening: ÈRSHÍSÌ CHÉNG JÌ 24 City

Jia Zhangke’s films can all be understood as memorabilia of recent Chinese history, but none more explicitly than 24 CITY. By recording the subjective and ephemeral, the film transforms memory into history. 24 CITY is characterized by a polyphony that does without the coherent argumentation and perspectivation of conventional historiography. Jia combines real and staged interviews with literature, music, montages of factory work and long portraits of workers and their families.

Chris Berry is Professor of Film Studies at King’s College London and author of the four-volume standard work ‘Chinese Cinema’ (2012).

Additional screening (without lecture): Saturday, 25 January, 18:00

Lecture & Film
Jia Zhangke: Cinema of Transformation
Within four decades, the People’s Republic of China has transformed itself at a breathtaking pace from an agrarian state into the world’s second largest highly technical economy: The films of Jia Zhangke, one of the most important Chinese directors of today, are seismograms of this transformation. Until July 2020, the Lecture & Film series will focus on Jia Zhangke’s work.

More information: jia-zhangke.de

Guest: Chris Berry

Admission fee: 5,- Euro

In English language.


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16. January 2020
20:15 - 22:30
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