What Time Is It There? 你那邊幾點? [Film Screening]


What time is it there? Taiwan as crossroads -- Taiwan Film Series


Friday, March 14, 2014
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum

WHAT TIME IS IT THERE?    Taiwan / France    2001

PROD: Bruno Pesery. DIR: Tsai Ming-liang. SCR: Tsai Ming-liang, Yang Pi-ying. CINE: Benoît Delhomme. EDIT: Chen Sheng-chang. CAST: Lee Kang-sheng, Chen Shiang-chyi, Lu Yi-ching, Miao Tien, Jean-Pierre Léaud.

For two decades the Malaysian-Taiwanese auteur Tsai Ming-Liang has explored spatial, temporal, and psychological displacement in the global city. Here Tsai’s perennial leading man Hsiao-Kang sells his dual time wristwatch to a young woman about to leave Taipei for Paris. Despite the earthly time zones that separate them, they find a connection via memory, ghosts, and—thanks to Truffaut alter ego Jean-Pierre Léaud—the cinema itself.

35mm, color, 116 min. 

 

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UCLA Center for Chinese Studies and UCLA Film & Television Archive in association with Taiwan Academy present a Taiwan film series:

 

WHAT TIME IS IT THERE? TAIWAN AS CROSSROADS

(Feb. 15 to March 19, 2014; Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum)

A national cinema distinguishes itself by filmmakers and films, but also, of course, by its coherence around themes and fascinations. The cinema of Taiwan, with its own world-renowned auteurs and healthy spread of popular genres, offers a striking distinction that appears in many guises: the formulation of Taiwan as a locus of plurality, liminality, change, exchange, and other de-centering principles that construct the nation not so much as a place of foundations, but of negotiations.  In part, this is certainly a response to Taiwan’s national history, which also informs the national imaginary: an experience of massive migrations and multiple overlapping colonizations spanning many centuries, as well as economic shifts that have witnessed increasingly frenetic flows of capital and labor in recent years. Corresponding with paradigm shifts in scholarly thought about the reality and image of Taiwan in the world, this film series, featuring new and classic comedies, dramas, formally rigorous art films and historical epics, offers visions of a nation acting not only as an origin or a destination, but as a relay point or “hub” through which people, art, investment, technology and social change pass, undergoing creative adaptations and transformations. This vision in turn presents a rewarding insight into Taiwan’s image and self-image, and accounts for much of the beauty and dynamism of its cinematic output. We are pleased to offer this eclectic selection, magnifying all of these themes. 

 

Curated by Robert Chi and Shannon Kelley, this film series is part of the “Spotlight Taiwan” program at the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies, with financial support from the Taiwan Ministry of Culture. 

 

Special thanks to: Susan Pertel Jain—UCLA; Benjamin Chi—Taiwan Academy; Teresa Huang—Chinese Taipei Film Archive; Jennifer Jao; Ivy Chang—Taipei Film Commission; Enga Chang—Central Motion Picture Corporation.

 

Thanks to: Dennis Lo, Chang Chuti. 

Special Instructions

UCLA Students free with ID


Cost : $10

Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies, Film and Television Archive