Making its World Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last spring, winning an Audience Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival, and picking up an Original Screenplay prize at the Gold Horse Awards, Jia Zhangke‘s latest film “Mountains May Depart” enjoyed a terrific festival run in 2015. This weekend, the drama arrives in cinemas and we’ve got an exclusive clip to give you a peek at the sprawling story.
Starring Dong Zijian, Liang Jingdong, Sylvia Chang, Zhang Yi, and Zhao Tao, the film, powered by Pet Shop Boys‘ “Go West,” opens in 1999 where in Fenyang, childhood friends Liangzi, a coal miner, and Zhang, the owner of a gas station, are both in love with the town beauty Tao. Tao eventually marries the wealthier Zhang and they have a son he names Dollar. As the years fly by, her son loses sight of everything in his childhood, save one mysterious song that haunts him. And this clip highlights how past weighs in different ways on the characters in the film.
“Mountains May Depart” is now playing in limited release. Watch below.
Bonus: Listen to a 50 minute talk with Jia Zhangke from the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s podcast “The Close-Up.”