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Liu Shumin – Jia (The Family) #Venezia72

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8 min. and 46 sec.

A familiar odissey: Jia

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Liu Shumin – Director – Jia (The Family)

Fred talks to first feature filmmaker Liu Shumin, here in Venice, with his 4 hours and 40 minutes film JIA, chosen as pre-opening event for the International Critics Week.

Plot: Jia is a coup de foudre that lasts 4 hours and 40 minutes, and it’s the debut of a Chinese filmmaker of Australian citizenship, Liu Shumin. With autobiographical but fictionalized tones, Liu uses non professional but extremely expressive actors to recount a few days in the life of an old couple who live in a city of inland China. He follows movements and every-day rituals, relationship subtleties with their three children, their common worries and the threats of old age, through a long voyage that both undertake to visit their children. With them, we will discover a country in profound transformation, balanced between tradition and modernity.


  • Reporter
    Niccolò Comotti
  • Guest
    Liu Shumin
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    Jia (The Family)
  • Festival section
    Venice International Critics Week
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