Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsaio-hsien at Museum of the Moving Image
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Hou Hsiao-hsien, the leading figure of the Taiwanese New Wave, is one of the most important and influential filmmakers to emerge over the past three decades. His sensuous, richly textured work, marked by elegantly staged long takes, largely static camera positions, and a radically elliptical approach to storytelling, is instantly recognizable in such widely acclaimed movies as Flowers of Shanghai, The Puppetmaster, Café Lumière, A City of Sadness, Dust in the Wind, and The Flight of the Red Balloon. The retrospective Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien includes all of Hou's seventeen feature films as director, almost all shown in 35mm (with two new prints). The series will also include short films and commercials directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien, and a sidebar program of related films including Olivier Assayas's intimate documentary HHH: A Portrait of Hou Hsiao-hsien, Edward Yang's seminal Taipei Story (starring, and co-written by Hou), and more. This internationally touring retrospective was organized by Richard I. Suchenski (Director, Center for Moving Image Arts at Bard College) in collaboration with Amber Wu (Taipei Cutural Center, NY) and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China (Taiwan).
Venue Description: Museum of the Moving Image advances the understanding, enjoyment, and appreciation of the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media. In its expanded and renovated facilities - acclaimed for both its accessibility and bold design - the Museum presents exhibitions; screenings of significant works; discussion programs featuring actors, directors, craftspeople, and business leaders; and education programs which serve more than 50,000 students each year. The Museum also houses a significant collection of moving-image artifacts.