The Assassin  BUY NOW

24 Nov (Fri), 7:45pm

The Assassin (2015)
105 min, Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles, DCP, Taiwan / China / Hong Kong

Set in ninth-century China, The Assassin tells the story of the young heroine Nie Yinniang. Abducted as a ten-year-old by a nun who initiates her into the martial arts, Yinniang is transformed into an exceptional assassin charged with eliminating cruel and corrupt rulers. Loosely based on Chinese writer Pei Xing’s short story Nie Yinniang from the same period, The Assassin’s mesmerising lead (Shu Qi) is a wuxia assassin, whose fighting skills are matched only by her deep sense of humanity and compassion.

Hou Hsiao-Hsien (Taiwanese, b.1947) is a leading international filmmaker. Awarded Best Director at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival for The Assassin, he also won the Golden Lion at the 1989 Venice Film Festival for A City of Sadness. Born in Guangdong, China, his family soon fled the Chinese Civil War to Taiwan, where he later attended the National Taiwan Academy of Arts. Hou is known for his austere but sensitive examinations of Taiwan’s tumultuous past.

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring  BUY NOW

25 Nov (Sat), 1:00pm

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring (2003)
103 min, Korean with Chinese and English subtitles, Digital, Korea

A Buddhist temple floating in the middle of a lake is the breathtaking setting for a parable about the cycle of human life and its connection to the natural environment. An ageing Buddhist monk bestows his wisdom upon a receptive young boy, but as time passes, the pupil is led astray by his carnal desires. Exquisitely scripted and shot, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring was a multiple award-winner at the 2003 Locarno International Film Festival.

Kim Ki-duk (Korean, b.1960) is a self-taught filmmaker who left school at sixteen. His films have received many distinctions on the festival circuit, making him one of the most important directors working today. He has won major awards at the Berlin, Venice, and Cannes Film Festivals. His controversial thriller Pieta received the Golden Lion Award for Best Film at the 2012 Venice Film Festival.

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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring has been classified as a Category III film, only viewers who are 18 years old or above will be admitted. Should you wish to receive a refund, please keep the original unused ticket and email before the screening begins. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Kaili Blues  BUY NOW

25 Nov (Sat), 3:15pm

Kaili Blues (2016)
110 min, Putonghua and Guizhou dialect with Chinese and English subtitles, DCP, China

Doctor, poet, and former fugitive Chen Sheng flees the small town of Kaili in southwest China in search of his young nephew. As he embarks on an elliptical journey through time, memories, and dreams, his trancelike movement through the Chinese countryside is captured in an exhilarating forty-minute single take, with a chain of interlocking incidents and enigmatic characters hinting at the mystery and transience of life.

Bi Gan (Chinese, b.1989) is a Kaili native and member of China’s Miao ethnic minority. Kaili Blues, his acclaimed debut feature, earned him the 2015 Locarno Prize for Best Emerging Director as well as the 2015 Taipei Golden Horse Award for Best New Director.

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Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest  BUY NOW

26 Nov (Sun), 4:30pm

Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest (2003 – 2007)
292 min, Putonghua with English subtitles, Digital, China

Part I, 2003: 29 min
Part II, 2004: 47 min
Part III, 2006: 53 min
Part IV, 2007: 70 min
Part V, 2007: 93 min

* One ticket provides entry (and re-entry) to all five screenings

Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest is based on a famous third-century Chinese fable, in which a group of youthful male sages are so disturbed by world politics that they retreat into the woods to live a life of poetry, philosophy and pleasure. In Yang’s acclaimed cinematic masterpiece, the ‘intellectuals’ are portrayed as a group of young Chinese urbanites caught in the crossfire of old and new worlds, seeking alternative ways of living. First presented in its entirety at the 2007 Venice Biennale, this epic five-part screening represents the work’s long-awaited Hong Kong debut.

Yang Fudong (Chinese, b.1971) trained as a painter at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou before embarking on a career in film and video. Drawing his formal vocabulary from Chinese ink painting, French New Wave cinema, and 1940s film noir, he is best known for sublime black-and-white multi-screen films that explore the hopes and aspirations of his peers, a generation that has grown up in the midst of unprecedented societal change in China.

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21G / The Art of Time  BUY NOW

26 Nov (Sun), 9:50pm

21G (2010)
27 min, Digital, China

The first ever Chinese animation to be shown at the Venice Film Festival, 21G is comprised of more than 10,000 black-and-white drawings that depict a haunting journey set against swarming mosquitoes, broken neoclassical statues, squawking ravens, steam-powered trains, and flooded graveyards. The title of the work references the American physician Dr Duncan MacDougall’s 1907 claim that the weight of a human soul equalled twenty-one grammes—the supposed weight lost by the body at the moment of death and the departure of the soul.

Sun Xun (Chinese, b.1980) is best known for his use of black-and-white woodcuts, ink paintings, and charcoal drawings that form the basis of astonishing stop-motion animated films. Studying printmaking at the China Academy of Art, and founding his own animation studio in Beijing soon after, Sun Xun’s internationally-celebrated art practice examines time and history through a surrealist lens.

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The Art of Time (2009)

96 min, English, French, and Russian with English subtitles, DCP, Ireland

We are often told that ‘time’, as it was experienced historically, is being obliterated by the rapid tempo of our technology-obsessed contemporary society. This insightful documentary sets a different pace, exploring how leading international practitioners in video art, architecture, film, theatre, and philosophy are experimenting with new and radical notions of time. The Art of Time features interviews with Vito Acconci, Doug Aitken, Chantal Akerman, David Claerbout, Peter Eisenman, Stan Douglas, Sylvére Lotringer, the Quay Brothers, Alexander Sokurov, and Robert Wilson, among others.

Fergus Daly and Katherine Waugh are writers and filmmakers from Galway, Ireland. Fergus wrote and directed Abbas Kiarostami: The Art of Living (2003), before collaborating with Katherine on the feature documentaries, The Art of Time (2009) and Outliving Dracula: Le Fanu's Carmilla (2011). The duo also founded Galway’s experimental film festival, Different Directions.