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Jia Zhangke’s Caught By the Tides – 2024 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 5

Jia Zhangke’s Caught By the Tides – 2024 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 5

Both a Venice and Cannes Film Festival veteran, Jia Zhangke is coming to Cannes packing not one but two projects – one being a bit of acting part in Black Dog, and of course, we’re more interested in the competition title Caught By The Tides — a two-decade in the making type film. Having been in competition on five different occasions, Jia Zhangke made his Cannes debut in 2002 with Unknown Pleasures, followed by 24 City in 2008. In 2010, his documentary I Wish I Knew was selected for Un Certain Regard. He captivated the festival in 2013 with A Touch of Sin, which won Best Screenplay. Mountains May Depart (2015) and Ash Is Purest White (2018) were his last items. Zhao Tao toplines Caught By the Tides as well.

Gist: An enduring but fragile love story shared by Qiaoqiao and Bin, set in China, from the early 2000s to the present day. Caught up in each other, Qiaoqiao and Bin enjoyed all that the city had to offer, singing and dancing. Until one day, Bin finds himself wanting to try his luck in a bigger place than Datong. He left without any notice. Some time later, Qiaoqiao decides to go on a journey to look for him.

Current temperature: We only got one quarter of our critics handing in grades and this 3.5. This could move up or down by a couple of points by day’s end tomorrow.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, 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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