Sleeping on Dark Waters (Chen shui zai hei shui shang)
Dir. Tsai Ming-liang. 2008, 53 mins. Digital projection. A documentary on the shooting of the 2006 film I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone in Tsai’s homeland of Malaysia, Sleeping on Dark Waters combines personal history with a privileged glimpse into the notoriously camera-shy director’s working methodology. Preceded by Madam Butterfly (2009, 36 mins. Digital projection), Tsai’s first shot-on-digital work. Commissioned for the centenary of Puccini’s birth, this idiosyncratic reinterpretation of the opera of the same title made in Kuala Lumpur with I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone actress Pearly Chua is comprised of only three shots, anticipating changes in his work spurred by new possibilities offered by digital cameras.
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