Jia Zhang-ke: A Guy from Fenyang

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Walter Salles follows the Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke to the sets of his films, along with his actors and friends, drawing a touching portrait of one of today’s greatest directors. Jia recalls the inspiration sources for his movies, such as Platform, Still Life and A Touch of Sin. The film is the memory of a filmmaker and of a country in convulsion, China, which reveals itself little by little. "What Salles and his fellow interviewer, the French critic Jean-Michel Frodon, reveal in A Guy from Fenyang is a man on fire." (Hollywood Reporter) "Salles maintains an admirable humility (…) Jia is both articulate about his aims with his films and willing to be emotionally candid in front of Salles’s camera." (Slant Magazine)