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  • October 31, 2017
    Martin Scorsese’s Film School Talk – Europe ‘51

    Time: 2017.10.31. (Tue) 7:00pm-10:00pm 
    Venue: Broadway Cinematheque 1/F 

    Europe ‘51

    Director: Roberto Rossellini
    Writers: Roberto Rossellini、Sandro De Feo、Mario Pannunzio、Ivo Perilli、Brunello Rondi
    Cinematographer: Aldo Tonti
    Starring: Ingrid Bergman, Alexander Knox, Ettore Giannini

    1952/ B&W/ 118 mins/Italian in English Subtitles

    Ingrid Bergman plays a wealthy, self-absorbed Rome socialite racked by guilt over the shocking death of her young son. As a way of dealing with her grief and finding meaning in her life, she decides to devote her time and money to the city’s poor and sick. Her newfound, single-minded activism leads to conflicts with her husband and questions about her sanity. The intense, often overlooked Europe ’51 was, according to Rossellini, a retelling of his own The Flowers of St. Francis from a female perspective. This unabashedly political but sensitively conducted investigation.

  • October 26, 2017
    Young talk – Oriole’s Song

    Date: Oct 26 (Thu)
    Time: 7:00pm
    Venue: 1/F Broadway Cinematheque
    Speakers: Shu Kei, Daniel Chan

  • September 28, 2017
    Young talk – Belle of Penang

     

    Date: Sep 28 (Thu)
    Time: 7:00pm
    Venue: 1/F Broadway Cinematheque
    Speakers: Wong Chi-Wah, Shu Kei

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  • ' 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.

     

     

  • ' Nobody Knows '
    — Hirokazu Koreeda

    In a quiet and dreamlike fashion, Koreede depicts a year in life of four young children who are abandoned by their mother and unknown to the world. The film is a fiction inspired by a real-life case of child abandonement that scanalised Japan in the 1980s. Koreeda crafted the film over the course of nearly a year, which hightens the film’s documentary effect. The four children are portrayed with great sincerity by four non-professional child actors, with Yuya Yagira (playing the eldest son Akira) chosen as the Best Actor at Cannes 2004.

     

  • ' Diving Bell and Butterfly '
    — Julian Schnabel

    Jean-Dominique Bauby led a glamorous life as editor of the French Elle until the day he was hit by a massive stroke, which left him completely paralysed – except for his brain and one good eye. Starting with one blink for “yes” and two for “no”, Bauby gradually developed a communication system with the help of a speech therapist. Using his blinks, he spent over a year dictating his thoughts to an editor, and the result is the novel The Diving Bell and the Butterfly – the basis for Julian Schnabel’s life-affirming, award-winning (Best Director at Cannes) film.

     

     

  • ' Tokyo! '
    — Michel Gondry

     Tokyo! assigns Michel Gondry, Leos Carax and Bong Joon-ho to create their own visions of the megalopolis. Bong Joon-ho’s segment Shaking Tokyo explores what it means to hide away from the trauma and joy that come with city life. Teruyuki Kagawa plays a shut-in who hasn’t left his apartment in 10 years. What happens when boy hikikomori meets girl hikikomori? Our shut-in finds out after he meets a strange, shy pizza-delivery woman. It is a quiet, light-as-air little love story, punctuated by earthquakes.

     

  • ' Hana '
    — Hirokazu Koreeda

    This is not a samurai film featuring flashing swords or bodies leaping over walls. In Edo in 1702, the young samuari Soza, who can hardly handle a sword, comes to a small village to avenge for his late father. When he finally crosses paths with his father’s attacker, now a family man living with a widow and her child, he questions the Samurai code of honor and the ethics of revenge… combining philosophical thoughts and earthy humour, Hana also stuns with brilliant cinematography and flawless sets and costumes.

     

  • ' After Life '
    — Hirokazu Koreeda

    What is the ONE memory that you choose to carry into the afterlife? In this warm, evocative film, 22 people are given a week to answer this question. The chosen memory is re-created and filmed, and it will become their sole companion while the rest will be erased. The choices are a mix of expectation and surprises, perhaps just like life. Koreeda’s vision of limbo looks like an ordinary train station; in its ordinariness, the afterlife has never been more fascination.

     

  • ' 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.

  • ' Queens '
    — Manuel Gómez Pereira

     The first ever gay wedding has become a reality in Spainand three men are eager to tie the knots. Queens is a hilarious, touching and contemporary comedy about five headstrong mothers, six sons and one father and what happens to all of them the weekend before the wedding.The story tells how the five mothers from different point of view to cope with the personal family conflicts. And there is a cop, a robber, an abandoned dog, a man dressed as a tennis player, a woman in a bathrobe, a chef in love, a heart attack, a fall from the stairs, an accidental shot, a shrink, a black-out, a bachelor party, the queen of the night…

     

  • ' Drifting Flowers '
    — Zero Chou

    Through three stories, director Zero Chou explores three kinds of love. The young Meigo lives with her blind sister the lounge singer Ging. While the androgynous accordionist Chalkie falls for Ging, Meigo’s young heart beats for Chalkie. Lily loves a certain woman, but she is married to Yen, who loves men. In their peculiar way, the two takes care of each other and form a strong bond. The last story concerns the young Chalkie and how she eventually understands her sexuality.

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