Sitting in the courtyard of the Carlton Hotel in Cannes, Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke talks about violence _ the violence in his new movie that is riding a wave of critical favour at the world's biggest film festival, and the real violence back in his home country where the unstoppable motor of progress has brought on many changes, good and otherwise.
"Some people do feel a sense of nostalgia for the past," says Jia,. "However, that's not necessarily a good thing. China is going through a difficult time, but I believe we're also pushing for more openness [in many things]."
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