For many Argentineans, “Mountains May Depart” will be their first chance at enjoying a Chinese movie. The latest film, by Chinese director Jia Zhangke, first released in China in October will now be released in Argentina, under the name “Lejos de ella” (Far from Her).
In a screening organized by the Chinese embassy, press and special guests enjoyed the film, concerning a couple which falls in love in 1999, and have a son named Dollar. The film then jumps forward to 2014 as the couple separates and to 2025, with the father and son living in Australia.
“My film talks about human emotions and love and how these evolve over time. To discuss this issue, I have to look at things such as the environment and the economy, and how these change the way people interact with each other,” said Jia.
The film competed officially for the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival as well as at the film festivals of Mar de Plata in Argentina, San Sebastian in Spain and Chicago in the U.S., among others.