Tsai Ming-liang|78 min|2018|Taiwan|Mandarin with English subtitles

This April, we present two screenings of Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang’s award-winning experimental film Your Face.

Part documentary, part fiction, Your Face blends film and moving image through a series of 13 close-up portraits of faces touched by time and maturity. Painted with light, love and gentle reflection, the subjects are slowly revealed through observation, silences and speech. The film features an original soundtrack by Ryuichi Sakamoto – the result of a chance encounter and meeting of minds.

There is some light, there is a story.
Your face tells of the passage of time and places you have journeyed.
In your eyes, there is a tinge of confusion and sadness.

There is some light, there is a story.
Your face tells of love and the places it hides in.
In your eyes, there is a sparkle and some darkness.

Director’s Statement

Last year, I made a VR film.
Since it was VR, there was no composition in the traditional sense and no close-ups as well.
After I made the film, I had a sudden desire to film close-up shots.
I decided to make a film made up of only close-ups.
Hsiao-kang will be in it, of course, together with a few others.
So I went out to the streets in search of the faces I wanted.
In two months, I found more than ten of them.
One after another, I lit them with extra attention, as if they were cinematic compositions.

Not long after, I met Ryuichi Sakamoto by chance at the beach in Venice.
After I pieced together those big close-ups that I had filmed,
I wrote him a letter and asked if he’d have a look at it. He agreed.
One month later, he sent me some audio files. I couldn’t be sure what exactly I heard.
Sakamoto told me politely that I could use it in any way I wanted. Or I could simply ignore it.
I was thrilled by it. It felt like an adventure.
After more than twenty years, I finally made a film with a musical score.

Date and Time:
1 April 2020 (Wednesday) 8:00pm–9:30pm
2 April 2020 (Thursday) 8:00pm–10:15pm (Includes post-screening talk with Kung Chi-shing , Artistic Associate (Music), Performing Arts at West Kowloon)

Venue:
The Room, Freespace, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District (Getting to Freespace)

Language:
Screening: Mandarin with English subtitles
Post-screening Talk: Cantonese

Director:
Tsai Ming-liang

Fee:
Free admission. Limited capacity on a first come, first served basis. Please register online in advance.

Enquiries:
Ms Chan (852) 2200 5632, cora.chan@wkcda.hk

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
If a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force three hours before the start of the event, the event will be cancelled.

About Director:

Tsai Ming-liang

Tsai Ming-liangBorn in Malaysia in 1957, Tsai Ming-liang is one of the most prominent film directors of the new cinema movement in Taiwan. In 1994, his film Vive L’ Amour was awarded the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival, establishing a place for him in the world of international film. In 2009, Face became the first film to be included in the collection of the Louvre Museum’s “Le Louvre s’ offre aux cineastes”. It has since become the benchmark for films in the world of art galleries. In recent years, Tsai Ming-liang has also created works of installation art that have been well-received in Venice, Shanghai, Nagoya. His 10th full-length feature was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Venice Film Festival. In 2014, he presented the critically acclaimed theatre work The Monk from Tang Dynasty in arts festivals in Brussels, Vienna, Gwangju and Taipei. That same year, Tsai made history presenting Stray Dogs at the Museum of National Taipei University of Education.

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