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2015 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 8: Zhangke’s “Mountains May Depart” Sees “The World” as Capitalist

Almost splitting his time equally between the Lido and the Croisette, with almost a dozen features in (a mix of fiction and docus), Jia Zhangke first arrived in Cannes back in 2002 with Unknown Pleasures, 2008’s 24 City, followed those up with docu offering in 2010’s Un Certain Regard selected I Wish I Knew, and of course, wowed the establishment in 2013 with A Touch of Sin — which won for Best Screenplay. Re-teaming with his muse and wife Zhao TaoZhangke uses the vignettes approach again with a sprinkling of the English language in Mountains May Depart — in what Variety describes as a “polymorphous snapshot of 21st-century capitalism“. As you can see below, our critics are all over the map on this title.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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