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Lecture & Film: Daniel Fairfax about Jia Zhangke’s XIAOSHAN GOING HOME
7. November 2019 | 20:15 - 22:00
XIAOSHAN GOING HOME
PR China 1995. Director: Jia Zhangke
Cast: Wang Hongwei. 59 mins. Digital. Original language version with English subtitles.
The Beginnings of an Auteur
Lecture by Daniel Fairfax, in English language.
Film screening: XIAOSHAN GOING HOME
Shot during his studies at the Beijing Film Academy, on low-resolution video with almost no budget, XIAOSHAN GOING HOME is Jia’s first longer film. Many of the themes that will shape his later films can already be found here. The film takes a close look at the dramatic class differences and tensions between rural and urban areas in the rapidly modernizing China of the 1990s.
XIAOSHAN GOING HOME will be screened again on 16th of November at 18.00 (without lecture).
Daniel Fairfax teaches film studies at the Goethe University in Frankfurt.
Lecture & Film
Jia Zhangke: Cinema of Transformation
Within four decades, the People’s Republic of China has transformed itself at breathtaking speed from an agricultural state to the world’s second largest high-tech economy: The films by Jia Zhangke, one of today’s most important Chinese directors, are seismograms of this transformation. Until July 2020, the Lecture & Film series will focus on Jia Zhangke’s work.
More information: jia-zhangke.de