Jia Zhangke, a Guy from Fenyang Reviews

April 23, 2019
Salles' low-key documentary reflects nicely on Zhangke's own personal, handheld style. Although an engaging subject matter for those already interested, a little assumed knowledge does prevent its being totally accessible.
December 27, 2018
A portrait of an artist realizing he's come as far as he can go making the kind of movies he's spent decades making.
June 16, 2016
As Jia guides Salles through Fenyang, formerly a prison, and his past shooting locations, and as he introduces old friends and neighbors, the documentary gives evidence of how a director translates personal experience and political perspective into film.
June 10, 2016
A thought-provoking documentary on the gifted Chinese director and his films.
May 27, 2016
While Salles' portrait gives a very incomplete account of the man and his art, it pays tribute to a filmmaker who remains among the medium's foremost and most fascinating creators.
May 27, 2016
Interesting and valuable for its sense of Jia at low-key ease in almost incomprehensibly different worlds, among aunties, accountants and artists.
May 26, 2016
A decent and conscientious, though unremarkable, companion piece to Mr. Jia's crucial films.
May 26, 2016
The problem with art like Jia's is that a straightforward approach isn't going to reveal anything that isn't already there in the work or document anything that the movies don't already document themselves.
May 25, 2016
It has a humble simplicity to it that is befitting a director whose works are so often about the disenfranchised and those who struggle amid their surroundings.
May 25, 2016
An inspired approach to biography [...] a thoughtful portrait of this gifted artist.
May 25, 2016
Salles, scrupulously self-effacing, affords Jia the latitude to think and talk at his leisure - to speak at length, and candidly, about his work and what informs it.
May 24, 2016
Walter Salles reinforces the impression of Jia's own art as emerging fluidly from the vagaries of his own life and socioeconomic position.