WEDNESDAY, 7/20/2016 6:00 PM

Co-presented by Crow Collection of Asian Art

Language/subtitles:  Cantonese | English | Mandarin | Chinese
Year: 2015
Running Time: 2h 11min
Director: Zhangke Jia
Country: China | France | Japan
Genre: Drama
Premiere Status: N/A

Mountains May Depart opens in 1999 to the strains of the Pet Shop Boys' "Go West," and it's to the West that small-town dance instructor Shen Tao (Zhao Tao) looks when she marries the slick entrepreneur Zhang (Zhang Yi) and soon gives birth to a son, whom Zhang christens Dollar. The chasm between the family's origins and their new life of Western-style wealth grows ever wider as the film leaps ahead to 2014 and finally to 2025, when Dollar is living in Australia and struggling to relearn the mother tongue he has forgotten with the help of an attractive, older college professor (Sylvia Chang), who embodies the culture, life, and love he has never truly known. Shooting each of the film's three time periods in a different aspect ratio — with the square Academy frame gradually expanding to widescreen; Zhangke Jia creates a prescient chronicle of his country's path to the future.