Cinema Across Borders Series:
Thursday, April 8 • 7 p.m.
Introduced by Catherine Liu (Film & Media Studies/Director, Humanities Center) and Bert Scruggs (East Asian Languages and Literatures)
CITY OF SADNESS (BEI QING CHENG SHI)
A prolific, yet boldly original filmmaker, who completed one film per year during the 80s, Hou Hsiao-Hsien is viewed by many film critics as the founder of a new poetics for Taiwanese cinema during a period of vertiginous social and cultural change. CITY OF SADNESS has been widely recognized as a cornerstone, not only of his own intense, meditative explorations of the melodramatic mode, but of the Taiwanese "New Wave" as a whole, garnering three major awards - the Golden Horse Award at the Golden Horse Film Festival, a UNESCO Award, and a Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival - the year of its release, and then an Independent Spirit Award in 1991, when the visceral beauty of his films was beginning to attract a public following in the West. Of this historical melodrama, which focuses on a family caught up in the "White Terror" of the late 1940s under the Kuomintang government (KMT), director Hou states: "I didn't make A CITY OF SADNESS because I purposely wanted to open up 'old wounds'...but because I know that we have to face ourselves and our history if we are ever to understand who we are and where we're going." Director Hou is currently at work on a new film THE ASSASSIN, to be released later this year.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Film and Media Studies, the UC-Irvine Center for Asian Studies, and the Taiwanese Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles (TECO) Screened in association with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
General admission: $6, Seniors: $5, Faculty/Staff: $4, Students: $3