I Wish I Knew

Directed by Jia Zhangke

Year: 2010
Running Time: 119
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 2.00:1
Country: China
Language: Mandarin with English subtitles
Genres: Documentary
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I Wish I Knew

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Zhao Tao
Hou Hsiao-hsien

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Directed by Jia Zhangke


Shanghai's past and present flow together in Jia Zhangke's poetic and poignant portrait of this fast-changing port city. Restoring censored images and filling in forgotten facts, Jia provides an alternative version of 20th century China's fraught history as reflected through life in the Yangtze city.He builds his narrative through a series of eighteen interviews with people from all walks of life-politicians' children, ex-soldiers, criminals, and artists (including Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien)-- while returning regularly to the image of his favorite lead actress, Zhao Tao, wandering through the Shanghai World Expo Park. (The film was commissioned by the World Expo, but is anything but a piece of straightforward civic boosterism.) A richly textured tapestry full of provocative juxtapositions.

Reviews

"Four stars! Astonishing."

"Wondrous yet rueful. Jia is simply one of the best and most important directors in the world."

"Few filmmakers working today look as deeply at the changing world as Mr. Jia does, or make the human stakes as vivid."

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PLAYDATES

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Roxie Theater San Francisco 1583470800March 6 - March 8, 2020
Zeitgeist Arts Center New Orleans 1583470800March 6 - March 12, 2020
Lake Worth Playhouse Lake Worth 1582261200February 21 - February 27, 2020
Laemmle Glendale Glendale 1581656400February 14 - February 20, 2020
Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 1581656400February 14 - February 19, 2020
Metrograph New York 1579842000January 24 - January 30, 2020


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