Chinese masterpiece at Cinema Obscura

A CHINESE film which had its premiere in the West in 2015 but has had very few screenings in this country is being shown by Exmoor’s consistently adventurous Cinema Obscura film society at Wiveliscombe Primary School on Sunday 18th March.

Mountains May Depart, directed by Jia Zhangke, is set in three different periods, rather like a three act play – 1999, 2014 and in Australia in the year 2025.

It opens on the cusp of the capitalist explosion in China.Shen Tao has two suitors – Zhang, an aspiring entrepreneur, and his best friend Liangzi, who works in a coal mine. Shen Tao decides to marry Zhang,  a man with a future.