Director: JIA ZHANG-KE

155 mins, China-Japan-France, 2000, 35mm, Subtitled.

This film screened 19th February 2018.

Young, idealistic members of a Chinese performing arts troupe confront the seismic social, economic and cultural transformation of 1980s China in Jia Zhangke’s ambitious, humanistic and visually arresting second feature.

Set in the director’s native Fenyang, Shanxi Province in the North China region, Platform is a unique creative look at an important chapter in Chinese history and established Zhangke’s reputation as one of the most important filmmakers working in the world today.

Platform is presented by 2018 Chinese-language Film Festival Ireland (2018愛爾蘭華語電影節) and organised in association with the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival (www.dublinchinesenewyear.com).The screening will be introduced by The Irish Times film critic Tara Brady. Festival dates and programme details for the 2018 Chinese-language Film Festival Ireland will be announced at the event.

Notes by Marie-Pierre Richard

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