“The cinema image is the mechanical reproduction of our reality and I think the most important issue is how we choose this reality. It depends a lot on your point of view. I think I learned a lot from silent movies, because when I studied in Belgium I watched a lot of silent movies at the Cinémathèque Royal in Brussels. Elaborate film language was already developed in the silent movie. What we are trying to do now is a kind of expansion of what's already been done.”
A masterful film from Jia Zhangke, the acclaimed director of Still Life, this Cannes entry bursts with poetry, pop songs and striking visual detail, weaving together unforgettable stories from three generations.