Mountains May DepartJosh Cabrita
Restaurateur, political dissident, and one of the greatest filmmakers to emerge this century: mainland China director Jia Zhangke seems to have done it all. His most recent film is Mountains May Depart, set in the transitional years between 1999 and 2025 as China enters and becomes inextricable from the global market. Jia poignantly laments this transition, giving voice to the lost hope of a nation that once aspired to communist utopia.
Fenyang, 1999. On the cusp of the capitalist explosion in China, Shen Tao has two suitors Zhang, an aspiring entrepreneur, and his best friend Liangzi, who works in a coal mine. Shen Tao decides to marry Zhang -- a man with a future. Leaping 15 years forward, the couple's son Dollar is paying a visit to his now-estranged mother. Everyone and everything seems to have grown more distant in time and space. And then we leap further ahead in time, to even greater distances.
Whatever Jia shows us and wherever he takes us, we're always aware of being in the hands of one of the contemporary world's great filmmakers.