BUSAN: Brazil’s Walter Salles Directing Jia Zhang-ke Documentary

WALTER SALLES
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Brazilian director Walter Salles (“The Motorcycle Diaries,” “Central Station”) is directing documentary “Jia Zhang-ke by Walter Salles.”

The film is a documentary with a distinctly personal view, in which Salles tracks Chinese director Jia through China on the sets of his films.

French production and sales company MK2 will open the film for business this week in Busan. MK2 says the picture is currently in post-production with a festival and releasing strategy that has yet to be finalized.

Jia is a darling of the international festival circuit thanks to film that include “Still Life,” “The World,” and “All Tomorrow’s Parties.” He remains a controversial figure in China, however.

Jia’s last completed picture “A Touch of Sin,” appeared in competition in Cannes in 2013, but, despite repeated official assurances that it has not been banned, it remains unreleased in China.MK2 describes the film as: “a touching portrait of one of the world’s most important directors.”

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