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  • May 31, 2016
    Martin Scorsese’s Film School Talk – A Matter of Life and Death

    A Matter of Life and Death

     

    1946 / Color / 104mins / In English with English subtitles
    Director:  Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
    Cast:  David Niven, Kim Hunter

     

    One of Powell’s and Pressburger’s most elegant achievements, and Powell’s own favourite from his time at the production company Archer’s, this is part romance, part surrealist courtroom drama. David Niven is Peter Carter, a RAF pilot (and poet) who bails out of his plane over the Channel. By a clerical error on the part of the angel (Marins Goring) due to escort him to heaven, Peter survives long enough to meet and fall in love with a young US woman (Kim Hunter), with whom he had been in radio contact in his fateful, fatal flight. As his life hangs in the balance, Peter appears before a celestial court to plea for another shot at life, with Raymond Massey, an Anglo-hating American revolutionary, prosecuting. With surface similarities to the same year’s It’s A Wonderful Life, the film is a richly realized fantasy that reverses the visual conceit of The Wizard Of Oz. Here, under the control of Jack Cardiff, a master of Technicolor, the real world is filmed in colour, the dream-world-in-the-sky in monochrome.

     

    Date: May 31 (Tue)
    Time: 7:00 – 10:00pm
    Venue: 1/F Broadway Cinematheque
    Speaker: Anna

  • May 26, 2016
    Young Talk – Miss. Mr. Mrs.

    Miss. Mr. Mrs

     

    1967 / Black & White / 103mins / In Cantonese
    Director: Cheung Ying, Ng Wui
    Writer: Cheung Ying, Ng Wui
    Cast: Cheung Ying, Patsy Ka Ling, Mary Wong, 

     

    Date: May 26 ( Thu)
    Time: 7:00 – 10:00pm
    Venue: 1/F Broadway Cinematheque 
    Speaker: Anna 

  • April 28, 2016
    Young Talk – Story of the Sword and the Sabre (Part I)

    Story of the Sword and the Sabre

     

    1963 / Black & White / 111mins / In Cantonese
    Director: Cheung Ying, Choi Cheong
    Writer: Cheung Ying, Lee Hang
    Cast: Cheung Ying, Pak Yin, Shek Kin

     

    Date: Apr 28 ( Thu)
    Time: 7:00 – 10:00pm
    Venue: 1/F Broadway Cinematheque 

bc Sunday May: Genre Mutant

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  • ' Mother '
    — Bong Joon-ho

    Mother poses a sinister corollary in its tale of a parent’s unwavering devotion to her child. After a night of drinking, Do Joon, an intellectually-challenged young man, attempts to pick up a young high school girl walking home alone. Shockingly, the next day Do Joon is arrested for the girl’s murder. His overbearing but deeply loving mother will go to pursue justice for her son whom, she believes, has been wrongly convicted of murder. Reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock’s quirkier and more offbeat films, Mother is an intense, witty, and engaging psychological thriller with enigmatic characters.

     

     

  • ' Swallowtail Butterfly '
    — Shunji Iwai

    This is the story of Yentown, a Tokyo ghetto inhabited by immigrants from all over Asia. The story revolves around a group of poverty-stricken immigrants, to whom a sudden twist of fate gives the opportunity to literally make money and thus realize their dreams. Shot with handheld camera, tinted with laughter, violence, sadness and imagination, Swallowtail Butterfly is impossible to be pinned down to a single genre. Juxtaposing the music of Frank Sinatra and Yentown Band is only of the many eccentricities found in the film.

     

  • ' Talk to Her '
    — Pedro Almodóvar Caballero

    For those who came to know the great Pina Bausch a tad too late, here’s one reason to see Talk to Her. Marco and Benigno are both in the audience of a Pina Bausch performance, but neither is aware of the other’s presence. A few months’ later, they meet in a private clinic, both concerned about a woman in coma. For someone who supposedly can’t hear you, what can you say to her? You simply keep talking, because you don’t stop loving her regardless she is conscious or not. One of Almodova’s most emotionally affective films.

     

  • ' 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.

     

     

     

  • ' Baby Love '
    — Vincent Garenq

     Manu and Philippe face a dilemma that has challenged many other couples, gay or straight: one wants a baby, the other doesn’t. Since gay adoption is not an option in France, Manu convinces Fina, an illegal Argentinean to enter into a marriage of convenience with him. Fina will be a surrogate mother to Manu’s baby, and she gets her permit to live in France. The plan sounds fine, except that in life, things often do not turn out the way they’re planned. Featuring two marginalized social groups (gays and immigrants),Baby Love certainly is a romantic comedy with a twist.

     

  • ' The Host '
    — Bong Joon-ho

    Chemicals dumped into the Han River from a U.S. military base create a mutant creature. One day, the thing emerges from the water and starts eating passers-by. The pre-teen daughter of dimwit Seoul snack vendor Gang-du is abducted by the monster. Gang-du mounts a rescue operation with the help of his family, but the government is concerned about a SARS-like epidemic! Bong Joon-ho’s action-packed creature flick is comic and extreme. It is about fighting a monster and also a tribute to the family bond. The journey is daunting, exhausting and ultimately uplifting.

     

     

  • ' Cherry Blossoms '
    — Doris Dörrie

     An elderly couple live in a small town, while the grown -up off-springs have moved to big cities. The couple go visit their son and daughter, who don’t really have time for them, then head for a short break by the sea. When the wife dies, the husband realises that perhaps he never knew her… In many ways Cherry Blossoms is reminiscent of Ozu’s Tokyo Story, and it is precisely how Dörrie has intended. The story takes Rudi, the husband, to Tokyo, where one of his sons resides. Amidst mount Fuji and the butoh dance, cherry blossoms takes centre stage as the most beautiful symbol of impermanence.

     

     

  • ' 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.

     

  • ' Memories of Murder '
    — Bong Joon-ho

    Based on the real-life story of Korea’s first recorded serial killer, Memories of Murder raises some troublesome questions about the nature of justice and the fallibility of investigative police methods before DNA testing. Told almost entirely from the point of view of the police, it is unusually candid about the false starts and utter chaos of this particular case. The film is a tense, old-school crime film with a dark edge that also works as a hilariously funny comedy in which a police officer and his bumbling colleagues arrest and abuse various suspects.

     

     

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