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

Film Series

Modern Cinema

Jia Zhangke: Rhythms from Life

February 8–24, 2019

Phyllis Wattis Theater

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

The eighth season of Modern Cinema uncovers the work of contemporary filmmaker Jia Zhangke, a leading figure of China’s “Sixth Generation” film directors. Amid new state censorship policies, the “Sixth Generation” has embraced an underground style of filmmaking, marked by use of portable equipment, local people as actors, and long cinematic takes. An auteur in his own right, Jia’s body of work offers an encompassing look at the lives of individuals against the larger backdrop of the country’s social changes, channeling China’s epic ambitions and fantasies with everyday experiences. Often compared to European masters such as Michelangelo Antonioni and Roberto Rossellini, Jia weaves their sensibilities into twenty-first-century China by merging gritty realism with sublime beauty. A slate of eleven of Jia’s features and documentary profiles will screen alongside films that inspire him, those which he deeply admires, and films with 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.

Films and schedules may be subject to change.

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


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