September 05, 2006


The secret, last-minute addition to the Venice Film Festival has been revealed and it's Jia Zhangke's new movie, STILL LIFE, a feature length drama. The film takes place in a village near the Three Gorges Dam project in the future when the area will be under water (Jia also has a documentary about the impact of the Three Gorges Dam, DONG, screening in Venice this year) and Monkeypeaches describes the plot as follows:

"[STILL LIFE]....is about a man and a woman who went travel to the Three Gorges area of China's Long River (Yangtze River). The man was a miner, whose 'wife' he purchased was rescued by the police and sixteen years later, he left home and found her. They fell in love and decided to get married for real. The woman is a nurse, who is looking for her husband. After she found out that her husband was no longer the man she knew, she decided to devoice him."

That came right out of left field and I never would have guessed it.

September 5, 2006 at 01:49 PM in News | Permalink


Not to sound triumphalist (well, not TOO triumphalist), but I thought something was fishy when it showed up on the schedule (http://www.viff.org/downloads/viffsneakpreview.pdf) for the Vancouver International Film Festival -- it seemed weird that Jia would go from Venice (PLATFORM) to Cannes (UNKNOWN PLEASURES) to Venice (THE WORLD) to...Vancouver. (Nothing against the VIFF, which has a killer lineup this year.)

Posted by: Bob Violence | Sep 5, 2006 7:47:14 PM

Very interesting!!!

I didn't know that there was a surprise entry, very cool.

--RC of strangeculture.blogspot.com

Posted by: RC of strangeculture | Sep 5, 2006 9:46:47 PM

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