Stray Dogs 郊遊 [Flim Screening]

Sunday, March 16, 2014
7:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum

STRAY DOGS    Taiwan / France    2013

PROD: Jacques Bidou, Marianne Dumoulin. DIR: Tsai Ming-liang. SCR: Tung Cheng Yu, Peng Fei, Tsai Ming-liang. CINE: Liao Pen Jung, Sun Wen Jong. EDIT: Lei Chen Ching. CAST: Lee Kang-sheng, Lee Yi-chieh, Lee Yi-cheng, Lu Yi-ching, Chen Shiang-chyi.

Tsai Ming-liang searingly renders the situational and emotional experiences of a homeless family in remote, indifferent Taipei, with a pendant beauty that suggests memory and dream more than actual presence. Highly figurative and enigmatic, the film shuttles its characters between alienating atmospheres where the filmmaker’s langorous treatment of duration, and performances qualifying as almost pure pantomime, hauntingly pose the question: what is next for these human souls?

Digital video, color, 138 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

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