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Jia Zhang-ke, Close-Up (2021); © Studio Hans Wilschut

Jia Zhang-ke “Social observations”

Vive le cinéma!

Film journalist Dana Linssen takes a stroll through the work of Jia Zhang-ke with Anne Sytske Keijser, interpreter and lecturer at Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS). Along the way they will discuss his specific form of social observation on the basis of clips from his films. The discussion will be followed by a screening of Unknown Pleasures.

poster Vive le cinéma! Exhibition + film, talks & events
In Jia Zhang-ke’s work (Platform, Still Life, Ash is Purest White) the gaze is steadfastly anchored on a changing China. Painstakingly, he observes and records the interactions between social and personal change.


  • Talk by Jan Pieter Ekker and Dana Linssen with Anne Sytske Keijser (50')

  • Film screening: Unknown Pleasures (Jia Zhang-ke, CN/JP/KR/FR 2002, 113')



Jia Zhang-ke

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164 min.

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Jan Pieter Ekker & Dana Linssen


Mandarin Chinese, English





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Vive le cinéma! Art & Film

To mark the 75th anniversary of the Filmmuseum and the 50th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), Eye and the IFFR have selected five film directors from five continents as a way of celebrating the unlimited power and diversity of world cinema, which is so vital for the programming.

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