[ 2006-09-11 09:45 ]
A poetic film about the construction
of China's Three Gorges Dam
and its effects on villagers facing state-sanctioned flooding, on the
Golden Lion for Best Film at
the 63rd Venice Film Festival.
|China's director Jia Zhang-ke poses with the
Golden Lion for Best Film. A poetic film about the effects of
China's Three Gorges Dam on the lives of ordinary people, "Still
Life" by Jia, has won the Golden Lion for Best Film at the 63rd
Venice Film Festival, the jury announced at a gala finale.
Life " (Sanxia Haoren) by Jia Zhang-ke, was a last-minute
"surprise film" added to the 11-day festival, and left more fancied
high-budget movies in its wake.
"We all know that China is
undergoing enormous change and daily life is experiencing change as a
consequence, and I focused my film on this," Zhang-ke told a news
"Still Life" recounts the story of people who return to
a rural village during the social upheaval caused by the giant Three
The 36-year-old director said that following his
triumph in Venice, he would continue to make films "which
express the problems of the weakest strata of society."
jury was surprised at the quality of the film that we saw," said jury
president Catherine Deneuve, whose fellow judges included filmmakers Bigas
Luna, Park Chan-wook, and Cameron Crowe.
Deneuve in particular
cited "the beauty of the scenography, the quality of the story. We were
very touched, we were very surprised, we were very moved. I know that
everyone hasn't seen the film yet, but it's a very, very special
A second film by Zhang-ke, "Dong ," a documentary about workers building
the dam, featured in the festival's Horizons section.
independent filmmaker's 2000 picture "Platform" and "The World" in 2004
have previously been selected in competition at the Venice
Three Gorges Dam: 三峡大坝