Hong Kong/China 2006, 108 min, drama
Director: Jia Zhang Ke
A haunting and lyrical tale of the human costs of the massive Three Gorges Hydro
Project, Still Life depicts a world in which traditional ties of language, family
and culture are literally flooded away. The film focuses on Han Samning, a miner
who comes to Fenjie looking for the wife and child whom he has not seen in sixteen
years, and Shen Hong, a nurse in search of the husband who abandoned her to make
his fortune in the redevelopment project. Dozens of other minor characters also
struggle to establish emotional connections despite their lack of a common dialect
or culture. This deeply perceptive film won the Grand Prize at the 2006
Venice Film Festival.
in Progress Village Voice review by J.Hoberman.
Landscapes. “Still Life,” “Summer Palace,” and “Cassandra’s
by David Denby in The New Yorker.
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