In Public
In Public

In Public

Director Jia Zhangke

Production year 2001

Length 30min.

Country China


This journey into China starts from a small country railway station. We wait for the train, then the bus, then follow its journey through a landscape where labour, uniforms and the silence of solitude weighs heavily. Where are we? In the past? In the present? Somewhere in a time which has given up on the noisy hysteria of hope.


Grand Prix | Marseille Festival of Documentary Film, France, 2002


Jia Zhangke
Jia Zhangke



Cha Seoung-Jae


Jia Zhangke

Director of Photography

Jia Zhangke, Yu Lik-wai


Lin Yi


Jia Zhangke

Production company(ies)

Sidus Pictures

Jia Zhangke

Born 1970, Fengyang, China) Zhangke studied painting, developed an interest in fiction, and in 1995 founded the Youth Experimental Film Group, for which he directed two award-winning videos. He graduated in 1997 from the Beijing Film Academy, and his first feature, Pickpocket (1997) was very successful at the Berlin, Nantes and Vancouver festivals. The following films Platform and Unknown Pleasures were selected in competition respectively at Venice and Cannes. He established Xstream Pictures in 2003 in order to promote young talented directors from all over China. His Still Life received the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival 2006.


One Day in Beijing (1994, short), Xiaoshan Going Home (1995, short), Du Du (1996, short), Pickpocket (1997), Platform (2000), In Public (2001, short), The Condition of Dogs (2001, short), Unknown Pleasures (2002), The World (2004), Dong (2006, doc.), Still Life (2006), Our Ten Years (2007, short), Useless (2007, doc.) Stories on Human Rights (2008, segment Black Breakfast), 24 City (2008), Cry Me a River (2008, short), I Wish I Knew (2010, doc.), Yulu (2011, doc.), A Touch of Sin (2013).

FILMS 2014