Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

YOU ARE HERE

The real top chef: Meeting the French president's cook

Read more

REPORTERS

Video: Crimean dissidents silenced by Moscow

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

France refuses to return cultural artifacts to Benin

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

France's Fillon insists President Hollande is behind efforts to tarnish him

Read more

ACROSS AFRICA

Mass graves bear witness to growing violence in DR Congo

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen meets French troops in Chad

Read more

THE DEBATE

Westminster attack: What response to parliament rampage? (part 2)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Westminster attack: What response to parliament rampage? (part 1)

Read more

Jia's contemplative look at Chinese workers in '24 City'

Latest update : 2008-05-20

Jia Zhan Ke mixes documentary and fiction in his film about three generations of Chinese workers. Watch clips from '24 City', filmed in the town of Chengdu, and an interview with the director.

In the Chinese town of Chengdu, the 420 factory and its model workers' city are being replaced by a luxury apartment complex.

In "24 City", Jia Zhang Ke's new film set in the town, he takes us into the heart of a country divided between old-style workers and nouveaux riches, between a nostagia for socialism and a desire to succeed in the new Chinese market, where it is "glorious to be rich".

Winner of the Golden Lion at the 2006 Venice film festival for his film "Still Life", Jia is a candidate for the Palme d'Or in this 61st Cannes festival. His chances look good, since the jury has expressed a desire to reward a film that depicts "social reality".


Watch the May 19 edition of the Cannes Reports by clicking on the link in the video column on the right.


Check out Web correspondent Arnab Banerjee’s video blog.

Date created : 2008-05-19

COMMENT(S)