Film Series

Modern Cinema: Jia Zhangke

Rhythms from Life

February 8–24, 2019
Phyllis Wattis Theater
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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

Events in this Series

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Xiao Wu (Pickpocket)

Friday, February 8, 2019, 6 p.m.
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Pickpocket

Friday, February 8, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
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Three Sad Tigers

Saturday, February 9, 2019, 1 p.m.
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Chan Is Missing

Saturday, February 9, 2019, 3 p.m.
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Ash Is Purest White

Saturday, February 9, 2019, 5 p.m.
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Election

Saturday, February 9, 2019, 8:45 p.m.
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Farewell My Concubine

Sunday, February 10, 2019, 12:30 p.m.
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Platform

Sunday, February 10, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
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The Boys from Fengkuei

Thursday, February 14, 2019, 6 p.m.
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Unknown Pleasures

Thursday, February 14, 2019, 8:15 p.m.
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Tokyo Story

Friday, February 15, 2019, 6 p.m.
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24 CITY

Friday, February 15, 2019, 9 p.m.
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A Touch of Sin

Saturday, February 16, 2019, 8:15 p.m.
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Summer Palace

Saturday, February 16, 2019, 5 p.m.
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A Touch of Zen

Saturday, February 16, 2019, 1 p.m.
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Dong

Sunday, February 17, 2019, 1 p.m.
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Still Life

Sunday, February 17, 2019, 3 p.m.
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Rome, Open City

Sunday, February 17, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
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Wendy and Lucy

Thursday, February 21, 2019, 6 p.m.
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Il Grido (The Cry)

Thursday, February 21, 2019, 8 p.m.
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Street Angel

Friday, February 22, 2019, 6 p.m.
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The World

Friday, February 22, 2019, 8:15 p.m.
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I Wish I Knew

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 1 p.m.
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Spring in a Small Town

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 4 p.m.
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Flowers of Shanghai

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 7 p.m.
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Yellow Earth

Sunday, February 24, 2019, 1 p.m.
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A Man Escaped

Sunday, February 24, 2019, 3 p.m.
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Mountains May Depart

Sunday, February 24, 2019, 5:30 p.m.