Modern Masters


Directed by Zhangke Jia

China, France and Japan, 2018, 2h 16min, DCP, In Mandarin and Chinese with English subtitles

Modern Masters

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The director of STILL LIFE and MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART returns with a daring 3-part epic, spanning 17 years in contemporary China. Phenomenal actress Tao Zhao plays Qiao, the girlfriend of a mob boss in a declining rural coal town, whose relationship and status is disrupted by violence. 2018 Cannes Film Festival main competition film.


“This is one of Zhangke’s peak achievements: pure cinema, and a story of the underworld unlike anything you’ve seen before.” – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

“Jia films the stern, grand drama with an avid eye for telling details that reflect stifled political protest, the nexus of business and crime, and the high-handed dictates of ruthless officials.” – Richard Brody, New Yorker

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