Director: Jia Zhangke
Film director, producer and writer, was born in 1970 in China. He attended Beijing Film Academy. In 1998, he made his first feature film Xiao Wu, which won the Wolfgang Prize and Netpac Award in 48th Berlin IFF. Jia capitalized on his success with three internationally acclaimed features: 2000’s Platform (in Venice competition), 2002’s Unknown Pleasures (in Cannes competition) and 2004’s The World (in Venice competition). In 2006, his work Still Life received the Golden Lion Awardat the 63rd Venice IFF. In 2010, Jia Zhangke was awarded the Leopard of Honor of the 63rd Locarno IFF, the youngest filmmaker ever to receive this honor. Фильмография / Filmography: — 24 City, 2008 — Still Life, 2006 — Dong, 2006 — Unknown Pleasures, 2002 — Platform, 2000
Shanghai, a fast-changing metropolis a port city where people come and go. Shanghai has hosted all kinds of people – revolutionaries, capitalists, politicians, soldiers, artists, and gangsters. Shanghai has also hosted revolutions, assassinations, love stories. After the Chinese Communists' victory in 1949, thousands of Shanghaiers left for Hong Kong and Taiwan. To leave meant being separated from home for thirty years; to stay meant suffering through the Cultural Revolution and China's other political disasters. Eighteen people from these three cities - Shanghai, Taipei and Hong Kong - recall their lives in Shanghai. Their personal experiences, like eighteen chapters of a novel, tell stories of Shanghai lives from the 1930s to 2010. An eternally wandering soul returns to Shanghai and, walking along the banks of the Huangpu River, awakens to all the changes the city has undergone.