Jia Zhang-ke, A Guy From Fenyang



2014, Brasil
105 min., col., language — Mandarin

Director Walter Salles
Scriptwriters Walter Salles, Jean-Michel Frodon
Cinematography Inti Briones
Sound Li Dan-Feng
Editing Joana Collier
Producer Maria Carlota Bruno
Production Videofilmes Producoes Artisticas
World sales MK2

«Jia Zhang-ke, a guy from Fenyang» is the portrait of a young Chinese director, who for many has become one of the most important filmmakers of our time. The documentary, directed by Walter Salles, dwells on the question of memory and cinema, as it follows Jia Zhang-ke to his birthplace, the Shanxi province in Northern China, and the locations of his films. With the help of his actors and collaborators, Jia Zhang-ke retraces the inspirational sources behind his films and, in doing so, unveils the reflection of a culture in convulsion.

Director, scriptwriter, producer. Prize-winner of major international festival and awards. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1956, his film «Central Station» won the Golden Bear at the 1998 Berlinale as well as a BAFTA and a Golden Globe and received two Oscar nominations. «The Motorcycle Diaries», about the young Che Guevara’s journey through South America, won a BAFTA, the London Film Critics’ Circle Award and an Oscar. Alongside his directing work, he also produces the debut feature films of up-and-coming Brazilian filmmakers. Among other works «Foreign Land» (1995), «Midnight» (2000), «Behind the Sun» (2001), «Dark Water» (2005), «Paris je t’aime» (2006, segment), «Chacun son cinema» (2007, segment), «On the Road» (2012).