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  • October 27, 2016
    Young talk – 真假千金 The Rich Girl and Her Double

    The Rich Girl and Her Double


    Date: Oct 27 (Thu)
    Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm 
    Venue: 1/F Broadway Cinematheque
    Speaker: Daniel Chan

  • September 29, 2016
    Young Talk – 冷桃源 The Chilly Peach Field

    冷桃源 The Chilly Peach Field

     

    Date: Sep 29 (Thu)
    Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm 
    Venue: 1/F Broadway Cinematheque
    Speaker: Yuen Wing Hong, Anna Chan

  • September 27, 2016
    Marin Scorsese’s Film School Talk – Faces

    Faces

     

    1968 / 130mins / black and white / In English with English subtitles
    Director & scriptwriter:  John Cassavetes
    Cast: Gena Rowlands, John Marley, Lynn Carlin, Seymour Cassel

     

    John Cassavetes puts a disintegrating marriage under the microscope in the searing Faces. Shot in high-contrast 16 mm black and white, the film follows the futile attempts of the captain of industry Richard (John Marley) and his wife, Maria (Lynn Carlin), to escape the anguish of their empty relationship in the arms of others. Featuring astonishingly nervy performances from Marley, Carlin, and Cassavetes regulars Gena Rowlands and Seymour Cassel, Faces confronts modern alienation and the battle of the sexes with a brutal honesty and compassion rarely matched in cinema.

     

    Date: Sep 27 (Tue)
    Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm 
    Venue: 1/F Broadway Cinematheque
    Speaker: Daniel Chan 

bc Archive

  • ' Milk '
    — Gus Van Sant

    With Milk, Van Sant weds a straightforward linear narrative and high-profile cast with a subject matter that has genuine resonance for him. Using the account of one of USA’s first openly gay public officials Harvey Milk, who was assassinated in 1978, Van Santinvests the gay rights movement with mythic grandeur. As Milk, Sean Penn has an uncanny physical resemblance from some angles; but themost striking is the spiritual transformation. Playing the man who ultimately killed Milk, Josh Brolin’s remarkable performance is a chilling study in weakness. Van Sant mixes archival footage with new footage and it’s fascinating to see San Francisco in the ’70s.

     

  • ' The Science of Sleep '
    — Michel Gondry

    French filmmaker Michel Gondry proves that his eccentric imagination remains intact even without Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) as a collaborator. This is a love story involving Stephane and Stephanie, both aspiring artists working at menial jobs. Whimsical and irrepressibly inventive, the film is dominated by its extraordinary dream sequels expressed in stop-motion animations that echo Terry Gilliam. Call it weird, but you can’t help loving it.

     

     

  • ' Time to Leave '
    — François Ozon

     When fashion photographer Romain is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he confronts his impending death by shutting everyone out of his life – his partner, his family and even his doctor. The only person he confides in is his grandmother Laura (the legendary Jeanne Moreau). As death approaches, an usual request from a friendly waitress could mean a form of salvation for the self-absorbed Romain. Touching and haunting, this is Ozon’s darkest film of late.

     

  • ' The Quiet Family '
    — Kim Ji-woon

     Kim Ji-woon’s 2003 success A Tale of Two Sister probably takes much reference from this first feature of his: a house isolated in the countryside, a somewhat dysfunctional family with two sisters, and the suspicion of the existence of something supernatural…featuring some eclectic soundtracks, The Quiet Family possesses a fine, mordant wit while its narrative progresses through a succession of unlikely events: accidents, identity confusions, and bodies piling up. The humour, dark and decidedly deadpan, is also built from the interaction between the family members.

     

     

     

  • ' Departures '
    — Yasujirō Ozu

    In this 2009 Oscar winner of Best Foreign Film, an unemployed cello player Daigo finds a new life purpose in the encoffinment business – preparing bodies for cremation. It is considered unclean and low vocation, to the degree that Daigo tries to hide it from his wife. Eventually, he understands the deeper meaning of the rituals: performed with delicacy and precision, they help the bereaved to find peace. At the end of the day, death affects the living more than the dead.

     

  • ' Tsotsi '
    — Gavin Hood

    Gavin Hood has taken a 1960 novel and re-shaped it for a 2005 post-Apartheid South Africa, where racial divides have largely been replaced by schisms of class. Tsotsi is the ruthless leader of a nasty gang of four in Soweto, the township outside Johannesburg. During a carjacking, he discovers a baby in the backseat. His attempts at caring for the baby reveal another side of Tsotsi, despite his continuing gangster acts. Tsotsi is not a story of total redemption, but it is not complete despair either. Newcomer Presley Chweneyagaegives an impressive performance.

     

     

  • ' Last Chance Harvey '
    — Joel Hopkins

    This is the worst day of Harvey Shine’s life. This is the best day of his life. First he loses his job. Then he learns that his daughter rather have her stepfather giving her away at her wedding. Then, he meets Kate at a pub, and together they spend an incredible 24 hours. Last Chance Harvey unites Hoffman and Thompson (both delivering pitch-perfect performances) in a heartwarming film set against the backdrop of the London Thames. Nothing lasts forever, but when something wonderful comes along, never ever let it go.

     

  • ' Oasis '
    — Lee Chang-dong

    Oasis was the second collaboration (the first being Peppermint Candy) of Lee Chang-dong, Sol Kyung-gu and Moon So-ri. This is a wildly unconventional love story between an ex-con and a woman suffering cerebral palsy. Both marginalized by society, they find acceptance in each other. Moon So-ri received the prestigious Marcello Mastroianni Award for best young actor at the 2002 Venice International Film Festival for her astonishing portrayal of the painfully contorted, grimacing Gong-ju whose perfectly normal emotions and desires are not dampened by her crippling affliction.

     

  • ' Barbarian Invasion '
    — Denys Arcand

     A sequel to Denys Arcand’s relationships comedy, The Decline Of The American Empire, Barbarian Invasion tells the story of a Montreal history professor Remy whose body has been invaded by a fatal illness, and of the weeks and days leading up to his death. At centre stage is Remy’s relationship with Sebastien, his estranged son and his temperamental opposite. This is a film that sheds the spotlight on its characters than its plot; the deftly created, charismatic characters easily lead you into a world where universal themes of sex, ageing, family and faith are explored seriously and wittily.

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