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We are thrilled to present the full-length version of Jia Zhangke's second feature and first masterpiece, which was acclaimed worldwide as one of the best films of the 2000s.
We are thrilled to be able to screen the original,
full-length version — on a rare 35mm print shown
only once before in Toronto — of Jia Zhangke’s
second feature and first masterpiece, recognized
as the banner film of the Mainland’s Sixth
Generation. Set in Jia’s hometown of Fenyang and
spanning roughly a decade (from the late 1970s to
the early nineties) during the era of post-Maoist
reform on the Mainland, Platform focuses on a
group of rural twentysomething performers who
gradually transition from being a state-run troupe
performing traditional folk music and Maoist
anthems to a private outfit offering up desultory
disco routines and punk-rock imitations. Depicting
a society that seems to have passed from the
pre- to the postmodern virtually overnight, Jia’s
most autobiographical film (the director was
himself a breakdancer in a troupe of travelling
players as an adolescent) employs long takes
and artfully arranged long-shot compositions to
confront a country in rapid transition and raise vital
questions of documentation, history and memory.
Ruminative, rigorous and breathtaking, Platform
is "One of the richest films of the past decade ...
it’s Pop Art as history[.] Jia finds subtle ways to
transform the world into a stage[:] the play of
the proscenium against the filmmaker's taste for
unmediated reality is fascinating" (J. Hoberman,
The Village Voice).