Island Etude 練習曲 [Film Screening]


What time is it there? Taiwan as crossroads -- Taiwan Film Series


Saturday, March 08, 2014
9:45 PM - 11:30 PM
Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum

ISLAND ETUDE    Taiwan    2006

PROD: Yang Lai-yin. DIR/SCR/CINE: Chen Huai-en. EDIT: Chen Bo-wen. CAST: Tung Ming-hsiang, Teng An-ning, Ruta Palionyte, Danny Deng, Darren.

A young man embarks upon a bicycle tour around the periphery of the island of Taiwan. Along the way he encounters many fellow travelers: a graffiti artist, a lovely traveling student from Lithuania, allowing each to affect him in some way. In this moving valentine to Taiwanese civil society, “Ming’s” experiences suggest the negotiations and transformations taking place everywhere in the country… for those open to experience.

35mm, color, in Mandarin and Lithuanian w/ English s/t, 109 min. 

 

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UCLA Center for Chinese Studies and UCLA Film & Television Archive in association with Taiwan Academy present a Taiwan film series:

 

WHAT TIME IS IT THERE? TAIWAN AS CROSSROADS

(Feb. 15 to March 19, 2014; Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum)

A national cinema distinguishes itself by filmmakers and films, but also, of course, by its coherence around themes and fascinations. The cinema of Taiwan, with its own world-renowned auteurs and healthy spread of popular genres, offers a striking distinction that appears in many guises: the formulation of Taiwan as a locus of plurality, liminality, change, exchange, and other de-centering principles that construct the nation not so much as a place of foundations, but of negotiations.  In part, this is certainly a response to Taiwan’s national history, which also informs the national imaginary: an experience of massive migrations and multiple overlapping colonizations spanning many centuries, as well as economic shifts that have witnessed increasingly frenetic flows of capital and labor in recent years. Corresponding with paradigm shifts in scholarly thought about the reality and image of Taiwan in the world, this film series, featuring new and classic comedies, dramas, formally rigorous art films and historical epics, offers visions of a nation acting not only as an origin or a destination, but as a relay point or “hub” through which people, art, investment, technology and social change pass, undergoing creative adaptations and transformations. This vision in turn presents a rewarding insight into Taiwan’s image and self-image, and accounts for much of the beauty and dynamism of its cinematic output. We are pleased to offer this eclectic selection, magnifying all of these themes. 

 

Curated by Robert Chi and Shannon Kelley, this film series is part of the “Spotlight Taiwan” program at the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies, with financial support from the Taiwan Ministry of Culture. 

 

Special thanks to: Susan Pertel Jain—UCLA; Benjamin Chi—Taiwan Academy; Teresa Huang—Chinese Taipei Film Archive; Jennifer Jao; Ivy Chang—Taipei Film Commission; Enga Chang—Central Motion Picture Corporation.

 

Thanks to: Dennis Lo, Chang Chuti. 


Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies