Jia Zhangke’s Xstream Pictures has struck a co-production deal with Cambodia-based Anti-Archive for the development of the feature Building, marking the Chinese auteur’s first foray into one of Southeast Asia’s emerging film markets.
“Xstream Pictures are always promoting young directors and helping with their growth,” the company said in an announcement on the eve of the Shanghai International Film Festival. “In 2010, Jia Zhangke funded the Wings Project [for young filmmakers]. So far, we have eight films. All eight films produced have received international recognition. We’re happy to be involved in the project Building by the Cambodian director Kavich Neang. We see the new wave from Southeast Asia in his project.”