ABOUT THE FILM
Fresno Filmworks presents the Chinese drama “Mountains May Depart,” a candidate for the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The film follows the life of an easygoing drifter, Tao, and those closest to her in three time periods: 1999, 2014, and 2025. The multi-generational story examines how China’s economic boom and a culture of materialism has affected the bonds of family, tradition, and love. Tao’s story, both colorful and moving, shows more than just Chinese history; it’s an ever-changing study of what it means to be human. Written and directed by the acclaimed master filmmaker Jia Zhangke, who is regarded a leader in the Sixth Generation movement of Chinese cinema. Starring Tao Zhao, Yi Zhang, and Jing Dong Liang. In Cantonese, Mandarin, and English, with English subtitles.
Director: Jia Zhangke
China/France/Japan • 131 minutes • Not rated
The Tower Theatre
815 E Olive Ave.
Fresno, CA 93728
General Admission: $10
Senior/Student Admission: $8
“Few filmmakers working today look as deeply at the changing world as Jia Zhangke does, or make the human stakes as vivid.” — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
“Perhaps the film’s most striking quality is its restraint. Thematically and stylistically, it’s a film of quiet medium shots, long takes, and clear but evasive words. Every choice is tiny, but humane and usually deliberate.” — Blake Goble, Consequence of Sound