Also like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien
Friday, Sep 12 - Friday, Oct 17, 2014
Hou Hsiao-hsien, the leading figure of the Taiwanese New Wave, is one of the most important and influential filmmakers to emerge over the past three decades. His sensuous, richly textured work, marked by elegantly staged long takes, largely static camera positions, and a radically elliptical approach to storytelling, is instantly recognizable in such widely acclaimed movies as Flowers of Shanghai, The Puppetmaster, Café Lumière, A City of Sadness, Dust in the Wind, and Flight of the Red Balloon. The retrospective Also like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien includes all of Hou’s seventeen feature films as director, all shown on film (including new 35mm prints). The series will also include short films directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien, and a sidebar program of related films including Olivier Assayas’s intimate documentary HHH: A Portrait of Hou Hsiao-hsien, Edward Yang’s seminal Taipei Story (starring, and co-written by, Hou), and more.
This internationally touring retrospective was organized by Richard I. Suchenski (Director, Center for Moving Image Arts at Bard College) in collaboration with Taipei Cutural Center, NY and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The book Hou Hsiao-hsien (Vienna: Österreichisches Filmmuseum and New York: Columbia University Press, 2014) is released in conjunction with this retrospective.