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Modern Cinema: Jia Zhangke

Rhythms from Life

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“I think, in my own films, the rhythms come from life” – Jia Zhangke

The eighth season of Modern Cinema features the work of contemporary filmmaker Jia Zhangke, a leading figure of China’s “Sixth Generation” film directors. Jia’s expansive body of work over the past twenty years offers a look into the lives of individuals against the larger backdrop of China’s social changes, juxtaposing epic ambition and fantasy with everyday experiences. Often compared to legendary directors Michelangelo Antonioni and Roberto Rossellini, Jia channels their storytelling sensibilities into chronicles of twenty-first-century China, weaving gritty realism together with sublime beauty. Eleven of Jia’s features and documentary profiles will screen alongside films that inspire him, films which he deeply admires, and those that share similar themes.

Modern Cinema is a film series exploring the dynamic interactions between cinema’s past and present. Presented by SFMOMA and in partnership with BAMPFA and in affiliation with our community partner SFFILM.

Modern Cinema’s Founding Supporters are Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein. Support is provided by Nion McEvoy and the Susan Wildberg Morgenstein Fund.

Header image: Jia Zhangke, 24 CITY, 2009 (still); image: courtesy Cinema Guild

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Film
Xiao Wu (Pickpocket)
Friday, February 8, 2019, 6 p.m.
Xiao Wu
Film
Pickpocket
Friday, February 8, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
Robert Bresson, Pickpocket (still)
Film
Three Sad Tigers
Saturday, February 9, 2019, 1 p.m.
Film
Chan Is Missing
Saturday, February 9, 2019, 3 p.m.
Film
Ash Is Purest White
Saturday, February 9, 2019, 5 p.m.
Film
Election
Saturday, February 9, 2019, 8:45 p.m.
Film
Farewell My Concubine
Sunday, February 10, 2019, 12:30 p.m.
Farewell My Concubine (still)
Film
Platform
Sunday, February 10, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
Platform, 2000 (still)
Film
The Boys from Fengkuei
Thursday, February 14, 2019, 6 p.m.
Film
Unknown Pleasures
Thursday, February 14, 2019, 8:15 p.m.
Film
Tokyo Story
Friday, February 15, 2019, 6 p.m.
Tokyo Story, Yasujiro Ozu, 1953
Film
24 CITY
Friday, February 15, 2019, 9 p.m.
24 City (still)
Film
A Touch of Zen
Saturday, February 16, 2019, 1 p.m.
A Touch of Zen (still)
Film
Summer Palace
Saturday, February 16, 2019, 5 p.m.
Film
A Touch of Sin
Saturday, February 16, 2019, 8:15 p.m.
Film, Free
Dong
Sunday, February 17, 2019, 1 p.m.
Film
Still Life
Sunday, February 17, 2019, 3 p.m.
Film
Rome, Open City
Sunday, February 17, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
Rome, Open City  (still)
Film
Wendy and Lucy
Thursday, February 21, 2019, 6 p.m.
Wendy and Lucy (still)
Film
Il Grido (The Cry)
Thursday, February 21, 2019, 8 p.m.
Il Grido, 2008 (still)
Film
Street Angel
Friday, February 22, 2019, 6 p.m.
Film
The World
Friday, February 22, 2019, 8:15 p.m.
The World
Film
I Wish I Knew
Saturday, February 23, 2019, 1 p.m.
Film
Spring in a Small Town
Saturday, February 23, 2019, 4 p.m.
Film
Flowers of Shanghai
Saturday, February 23, 2019, 7 p.m.
Film
Yellow Earth
Sunday, February 24, 2019, 1 p.m.
Yellow Earth (still)
Film
A Man Escaped
Sunday, February 24, 2019, 3 p.m.
Man Escaped (still)
Film
Mountains May Depart
Sunday, February 24, 2019, 5:30 p.m.