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The World of Jia Zhangke — film

May 4 @ 4:00 pm

Images Cinema presents the film 'The World' and an exploration of the work of Jia Zhangke, 'one of the most important filmmakers in the world today.' — NPR Press image courtesy of Images Cinema
The World - Jia Zhangke

Images Cinema presents the film The World and an exploration of the work of Jia Zhangke, “one of the most important filmmakers in the world today.” — NPR

At the Beijing World Park, a theme park that displays small versions of famous world monuments, one of the performers, Tao (Zhao Tao), is dating a guard named Taisheng (Taisheng Chen). They have a difficult bond, full of jealousy and miscommunication. While Tao forms friendships with other performers, Taisheng develops a fascination with Qun (Yi-qun Wang), a woman trying to join her husband in France. Despite their differences, Tao and Taisheng attempt to continue their relationship.

Sally Shafto, Translator of Jean-Michel Frodon’s The World of Jia Zhangke (The Film Desk, 2021) — and Visiting Assistant Professor in Fine and Performing Arts at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and Research Associate at Williams College — will lead an introduction and Q&A.

“The World takes great aesthetic and political risks, extending in every way Jia’s formal methods and thematic preoccupations, and offers his most devastating critique yet of China’s rush to erect a shining facsimile of civilization over the broken hopes of a generation.”
—James Quandt

This event is sponsored by the Program in Asian Studies, the Department of Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and the Department of Political Science. Admission is free.

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Date:
May 4
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4:00 pm
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Event Location

Images Cinema
50 Spring St,
Williamstown, MA
(413) 458-5612

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