Tuesday, June 17, 2003
Jia is a member of China's Sixth Generation of filmmakers. Other directors in this group include Wang Xiaoshuai (So Close to Paradise, Beijing Bicycle), Zhang Yuan (Beijing Bastards, Sons), He Jianjun (Postman), and Ning Ying (On the Beat, Railroad of Hope). Anyone seeking new cinema from China would do well to start here. Unknown Pleasures played at the Los Angeles Film Festival. A hive of mad bees somehow developed in the theater courtyard before the show. Hollywood-types hung out at the bar while a beekeeper ran in circles trying to gather the bees with some sort of smoke tool. After the screening the bees were gone but you could still smell the smoke.