Kino Lorber Releases Jia Zhangke's Mountains May Depart on Blu-ray and DVD

New York, NY - June 27, 2016 -- Kino Lorber is proud to announce the Blu-Ray and DVD release of MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART, the latest film from award-winning director Jia Zhangke (Still Life, A Touch of Sin). Stretched across three distinct periods (past, present and future), Jia's moving narrative follows the lives of different characters growing up in China at the turn of the century, and the impact it has on their lives: time passes, relationships shift, and memories fade in one epic story.

Released theatrically by Kino Lorber to broad critical acclaim earlier this year, MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART was an Official Selection of the New York Film Festival, and opened at Film Society of Lincoln Center in February before moving on to engagements in over 40 national markets including Los Angeles, Washington DC, San Francisco, Chicago, San Diego, and Miami, among many others. The film was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, won awards at the Asian Film Awards, Golden Horse Film Festival, Miami Film Festival, and San Sebastían Film Festival, and was named Best Non-U.S. Release by the Online Film Critics Society.

Synopsis:
Mainland master Jia Zhangke (A Touch of Sin) scales new heights with MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART. Starring the luminous Zhao Tao, the film is both an intimate drama and a decades-spanning epic about how China's capitalist experiment has affected the lives of one splintered family, leaping in time from the past to the present to the speculative near-future. Jia's new film is an intensely moving study of how China's economic boom and the culture of materialism it has spawned has affected the bonds of family, tradition, and love.

MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART becomes available on Blu-ray and DVD July 12th, with a SRP of $34.95 for the Blu-ray and $29.95 for the DVD. Bonus features include a booklet essay by film critic Aliza Ma and a 73 minute conversation with director Jia Zhangke at the New York Film Festival (courtesy of the Film Society of Lincoln Center).

Also on July 12th, Kino Lorber will release JIA ZHANGKE, A GUY FROM FENYANG, a new film by Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries, On the Road) that explores the life and work of the acclaimed Chinese filmmaker. This documentary was an Official Selection of the New York Film Festival and screened in the Panorama program at the Berlin Film Festival, and was released theatrically by Kino Lorber earlier in 2015, opening at New York's Anthology Film Archives in May.

Set to street on July 12th with a SRP of $29.95, the DVD includes a 44 minute conversation with Salles at the New York Film Festival.

Synopsis:
JIA ZHANGKE, A GUY FROM FENYANG is the portrait of a Chinese director who has become one of the most important filmmakers of our time. This documentary by Walter Salles follows Jia back to his birthplace, the Shanxi province in Northern China, and to the locations of his films. His actors, friends, and close collaborators join him in retracing the history behind his landmark features including Platform (2000), The World (2004), Still Life (2006), and A Touch of Sin (2013). Through these films Jia has told the story of contemporary China, and the convulsive shifts endured by its people as the country has gone through unprecedented change. An intimate and incisive portrait of one of the greatest artists of our time, JIA ZHANGKE, A GUY FROM FENYANG is a profound work in its own right.

MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART
Director: Jia Zhangke
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: July 12, 2016
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95
 
Bonus Features:
Booklet essay by Aliza Ma
New York Film Festival: A Conversation with Jia Zhangke
(73 min., courtesy of Film Society of Lincoln Center)
Trailer

Technical specs:
1.33:1, 1.85:1 and 2.35:1 | 126 minutes | Mandarin and English with optional English subtitles |
5.1 Surround | Color

JIA ZHANGKE, A GUY FROM FENYANG
Director: Walter Salles
DVD Street Date: July 12, 2016
DVD SRP: $29.95
 
Bonus Features:
New York Film Festival: A Conversation with Walter Salles
(44 min., courtesy of Film Society of Lincoln Center)

Technical specs:
1.78:1, 16x9 | 98 minutes | Mandarin with optional English subtitles |
5.1 Surround | Color