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Fri, May 15, 2015 - Sun, May 17, 2015
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ALSO LIKE LIFE: THE FILMS OF HOU HSIAO-HSIEN

Series presented by the American Cinematheque in association with UCLA Film & Television Archive and Film/Video at REDCAT. Additional screenings will take place at these venues. Please visit www.cinema.ucla.edu, www.redcat.org and www.bard.edu/cmia/publications for more information.

Hou Hsiao-Hsien was born into tumultuous times; he was just a baby when his family moved from China’s Guangdong province to Taiwan in 1948 to escape the ravages of civil war. Hou grew up with the island nation, using its recent history as the backdrop to a series of films that have brought him acclaim as one of the world’s greatest directors.

Hou once observed that “movies should reflect facets of life. If you don't fully comprehend a way of life, you can't tell whether something will ring true.” His focus on the Taiwanese culture he knows so well is one reason his films ring so true – whether in the post-WWII drama A CITY OF SADNESS or the snapshot of contemporary Taipei that is MILLENNIUM MAMBO, time and place are established with a degree of detail that only a native could master.

Hou is equally rigorous when it comes to filmmaking technique; using long takes and superbly framed shots, he is able to wring meaning and mood from deceptively simple scenes. This minimalistic approach, often likened to that of Japanese master Yasujirô Ozu, sets Hou far apart from plot-driven, super-saturated Western cinema. The measured pace and elliptical storytelling of Hou Hsiao-Hsien go beyond Hollywood commerce and even Taiwanese history to become the stuff of real life.

Series also includes A SUMMER AT GRANDPA’S, DUST IN THE WIND and GOODBYE, SOUTH, GOODBYE.

International retrospective organized by Richard I. Suchenski (Director, Center for Moving Image Arts at Bard College), in collaboration with the Taipei Cultural Center, the Taiwan Film Institute, 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) has been released in conjunction with this retrospective. American Cinematheque programs compiled by Gwen Deglise and annotated by John Hagelston.

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Fri, May 15, 2015 - 7:30pm
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