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Close-Up makes film culture and history accessible through its film programmes and mediatheque.

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Showing This Week

Monday 17 June: Three Times

Monday 17 June: Three Times

"“If anything sums up both the Taiwanese Experience and Hou’s films, it is sudden, unexpected, and often irreversible changes,” writes film scholar James Udden, a characterisation that might have provided the structural basis for Three Times, Hou’s tripartite narrative of missed connections across the ages. Chen Chang and Qi Shu play fated lovers weaving through a compendium of milieus familiar to Hou.
Tuesday 18 June: Stray Dogs

Tuesday 18 June: Stray Dogs

In the last feature film from Tsai Ming-liang, a single father (Lee Kang-sheng) makes his meager living holding up an advertising placard on a traffic island in the middle of a busy highway. Stray Dogs is many things at once: minimal in its narrative content and syntax, as visually powerful as it is emotionally overwhelming, and bracingly pure in both its anger and its compassion. One of the finest works of an extraordinary artist.
Wednesday 19 June: The River

Wednesday 19 June: The River

After spontaneously agreeing to play a drowned corpse in a film, a young man (Lee Kang-sheng) develops chronic, inexplicable neck pain. Tsai Ming-Liang’s third feature is at once overtly metaphorical and deeply committed to the ebb and flow of everyday life: a film about individuals in crisis that builds patiently to a devastating emotional climax.
Thursday 20 June: Vive l'Amour

Thursday 20 June: Vive l'Amour

Tsai found international acclaim in his second feature, Vive l’Amour, which traces the odd, accidental love triangle that loosely binds a realtor, her street vendor lover and the lonely young man secretly smitten with the street vendor. A crisp and often satiric snapshot of an anxious Taipei, the film’s moody portrayal of urban alienation and lovesick sexual games continues to draw insightful comparisons to Antonioni
Friday 21 June: The Terrorizers

Friday 21 June: The Terrorizers

As the title indicates, this is the one of Yang’s films in which the air of menace, usually lurking at the edges of the frame, takes center stage. The film traces the intersecting fates of three couples in contemporary Taipei, all of whom are caught up in a torrent of violence either emotional or physical, or both.
Sunday 23 June: Yi Yi

Sunday 23 June: Yi Yi

Edward Yang's extraordinary Yi Yi follows a middle-class family in Taipei over the course of one year, beginning with a wedding and ending with a funeral. Warm, sprawling, and dazzling, this intimate epic is one of the undisputed masterworks of the new century.

Calendar

Mon 17 Jun 8:15pm
Three Times
Tue 18 Jun 8:15pm
Stray Dogs
Wed 19 Jun 8:15pm
The River
Thu 20 Jun 8:15pm
Vive l'Amour
Fri 21 Jun 8:15pm
The Terrorizers
Sat 22 Jun 6:30pm
Kelly Gallagher, I am the mace
Sun 23 Jun 7:00pm
Yi Yi
Mon 24 Jun 8:15pm
A City of Sadness
Sat 29 Jun 5:30pm
Three Times
Sun 30 Jun 5:30pm
Rebels of the Neon God
Sun 30 Jun 8:00pm
Stray Dogs