7-8 January 2015
The Auditorium, China in the World Building (188)
Fellows Lane The Australian National University, Canberra
Acclaimed director Tsai Ming-liang will present three of his films, as a guest of the conference Taiwan: the View from the South, hosted by CIW and the Institute of Taiwan History, Academica Sinica.
Born in Malaysia in 1957, Tsai Ming-Liang is one of the most prominent directors of Taiwan’s New Wave cinema, and is internationally recognized for his uniquely pensive, bitter-sweet style. In 1994, his Vive l’ Amour won the Golden Lion award at the 51st Venice International Film Festival, while his most recent feature, Stray Dogs, won the Grand Jury Prize at the 70th Venice International Film Festival, in 2013. In 2009, he completed the first dramatization of the Louvre Museum’s collection, in his work Face, which has become the benchmark for cinematic explorations into the world of art galleries. Since 2012, he has been working on a long project of filming longtime collaborator, actor Lee Kang-Sheng’s slow walk, in a number of different cities. Tsai is also acclaimed for his significant work in theatre and installation art.
Registration essential. For more information see here.
Wednesday 7 January 2015 – 6:00-9:00pm
Join author and cultural commentator Linda Jaivin in a short discussion after the screenings.
Stray Dogs 郊遊 (2013, 138 mins)
An alcoholic man and his two young children barely survive on the fringes of bustling Taipei. A chance meeting with a lonely grocery clerk might help them make a better life.
Thursday 8 January 2015 – 6:00-8:00pm
Join the author and cultural commentator Linda Jaivin in conversation with the director, Tsai Ming-liang after the screenings.
No Form 無色 (2012, 20 mins)
No Form is the first of a series the direcor’s four short films. A monk moves through a dual space: slowly in the midst of a crowd in Taiwan and in the abstract maze of an all-white space. This intentional pace, which brings the viewer into its thrall, subtly evokes notions of pilgrimage, feintly echoing the project’s origins.
The Skywalk is Gone 天橋不見了 (2002, 25 mins)
At a busy Taipei intersection, a girl looks for a street vendor she met there under a pedestrian bridge—but he and the bridge are gone.