“A marvel of delicacy and humor.” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“A humanistic masterwork.” - Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

“For three hours, the film observes its sprawling family with a quiet tenderness.” - Pat Padua, Washington City Paper

Sunday, August 18, 3:30 p.m. | Following our sell-out Edward Yang: Cities and Souls series earlier this year, the Film Center again celebrates the Taiwanese master with a screening of his far lesser screened, but magnificent feature debut THAT DAY, ON THE BEACH and an encore of his final film, the internationally beloved YI YI (A ONE AND A TWO . . .). Both films showcase Yang’s penchant for deliberate pacing, which allows the director to explore the complexities and nuances of family, intimacy, and the passage of time. In THAT DAY, ON THE BEACH, friends Chia-li and Ching-ching reunite after 12 years apart, with Yang gracefully jumping back and forth between the two women’s past lives in order to reflect on their present stations; YI YI follows a middle-class family in Taipei over the course of one year, beginning with a wedding and ending with a funeral. Dazzling when viewed separately, we encourage audiences to take in these titles together as an epic double feature that demonstrates Yang’s unwaveringly compassionate and warm novelistic style. 

Related Event: THAT DAY, ON THE BEACH Sunday, August 18, 12:00 p.m.

Awards & Nominations

Winner - Best Director, Cannes Film Festival
Nominee - Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival 
Winner - Netpac Award, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Winner - Best Foreign Language Film, New York Film Critics Circle Awards

Entrances and ExitsWith Entrances and Exits, we showcase the first and last films from 10 beloved filmmakers. For this series, we abide by three rules: films included must not be posthumous releases, they must be feature films, and they must be solo directorial efforts. Some of these pairings seem to speak to one another, presenting a cinematic through-line that represents a consistent voice from cinematic cradle to grave. Others represent dramatic departures, reflecting a filmmaker’s leap from emerging artist to heavyweight player. What new elements do we see when we connect these entrances and exits, and how do the bodies of work between them transform when we consider the bookends of a career? Though these filmmakers are no longer with us, they sure did leave an impression. View Entrances and Exits SeriesTickets sold individually for each film.

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