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Film Series : Six Films by Hou Hsiao-hsien

A TIME TO LIVE AND A TIME TO DIE

(TONGNIAN WANGSHI)

1985, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan, 137 min. With You An-shun, Tian Feng

Show Times

  • Fri, Apr 10th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Apr 11th 3:00pm

“Hou’s first genuine masterpiece.”
— Phillip Lopate, The New York Times

Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, this film served notice that Hou had moved to a new level of mastery in his still-short directorial career. Semi-autobiographical, it charts the story of a family very much like Hou’s own: reluctant émigrés from China to Taiwan. The elders of the family find meager solace in unrealistic hopes, while their kids run wild, exhilarated and daunted by a new and unfamiliar world. What passed for nostalgia and poignancy in Hou’s previous work takes on a new edge here, as he looks at life and death in the family with a power and utter frankness that is without precedent. In Mandarin and Taiwanese with English subtitles. 35mm. (BS)

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