In Public


Release Date: April 28, 2001

Original name: 公共场所

Status: Released

Running time: 30m

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There is a train station in a suburb and a bus stop in a mining town. A soldier, an old man, a young lady, a punk, and a woman are waiting in the street. We can feel the exhaustion of every life from all those different people.

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In Public (simplified Chinese: 公共场所; traditional Chinese: 公共場所; pinyin: Gōng gōng cháng sǔo; lit. 'Public space') is a short documentary film directed by Jia Zhangke, a Chinese cinema "Sixth Generation" movement filmmaker. In Public was shot on digital video for the 2001 Jeonju International Film Festival.In many ways, the film was a test-run for the feature length fiction film Unknown Pleasures. Both films are shot digitally (a medium Jia would return to in Still Life (2006) and 24 City (2008)), both are set in the city of Datong, and both share the same shooting locations. As usual, Jia's regular collaborator Yu Lik-wai served as the film's director of photography.The film also screened at the 2002 Marseille Festival of Documentary Film, where it won the Grand Prix.
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