“Witty, absorbing, and undeniably Zen.” - Robert Daniels, RogerEbert.com

“Offers a chance for reflection that is the film’s entire point.” - Sarah Manvel, Critic's Notebook

Monday, June 10, 9:00 a.m. | A man dressed in a vivid red robe walks across the world. He walks slowly and deliberately, his bare feet taking each step with care. As he silently moves through a train station, past the Washington Monument, and down an alleyway, the audience bears witness, and a full-body, sensory experience begins. As we watch each foot step take on significant meaning, we become aware of the way our own bodies and how we are seated in the theater (slouched, straight, relaxed). As the man moves past onlookers, we begin to see them too (a woman similarly dressed in red, a man gawking at the walker, another paying no attention). Is that the sound of a train in the distance? Did a little girl just call out “what movie is it?” to the camera crew? In this contemplative work, patience is both tested and embraced, quiet becomes loud, and every moment has meaning. Fresh from its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, and marking its Chicago premiere at the Film Center, ABIDING NOWHERE is the tenth film in Tsai Ming-liang’s walker series, and features his long-time collaborator Lee Kang-Sheng as the character inspired by Xuanzang, a Tang Dynasty monk who in the 6th century traveled on foot to bring Buddhist teachings from China to India.

Awards & Nominations

Official Selection - Berlin Film Festival (Special Program)

Rise & ShineMere hours after you’ve opened your eyes to the day, the Film Center invites you to open your eyes in an entirely different way with a morning screening of soul-altering cinema. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, play the slightest bit of hooky with us, after which you will emerge onto the hustle and bustle of State Street feeling energized, maybe even with your humanity restored, and all before lunchtime! Tickets include unlimited coffee from Dark Matter Coffee, and enjoy 10 percent off your order when you show your Rise & Shine ticket at Goddess and the Baker at 33 South Wabash or 225 North LaSalle on the day of your screening. What a way to start the day! View full series.

The Film Center is ADA accessible. This presentation will be projected without open captions. The theater is hearing-loop equipped. For accessibility requests, please email filmcenter@saic.edu