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  • April 25, 2017
    Martin Scorsese’s Film School Talk – The Flowers of St. Francis

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    1950 / 85mins / B&W / In Italian with English subtitles

    In a series of simple and joyous vignettes, director Roberto Rossellini and co-writer Federico Fellini lovingly convey the universal teachings of the People’s Saint: humility, compassion, faith, and sacrifice. Gorgeously photographed to evoke the medieval paintings of Saint Francis’s time, and cast with monks from the Nocera Inferiore Monastery, The Flowers of St. Francis is a timeless and moving portrait of the search for spiritual enlightenment.

    Date: Apr 25 (Tue) 
    Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm 
    Venue: 1/F Broadway Cinematheque
    Speaker: Dunet Chan

  • April 1, 2017
    BClassics Presents: DEKALOG Screening X Discussion

    百老匯電影中心 X 流動共學課室:

    《十誡》放映 X 討論DEKALOG Screening X Discussion
    日期Date︰2017.04.01 (Sat) & 2017.04.02 (Sun)

    雖然身處滿滿的電影院座位之中,睇戲的經驗始終個人、私密,步出戲院時可能是感動驚喜,又或者失落無言,不知道其他觀眾又有什麼感覺呢?他們又會唔會睇到一啲影片外的弦外之音呢?

    BClassics 四月份放映已故波蘭導演奇斯洛夫斯基(Krzysztof Kieslowski)的《十誡》,百老匯電影中心就伙拍流動共學課室,在1/4及2/4馬拉松放映前後,辦映前簡介和映後討論。大家一齊「聽完先睇,睇完再傾」,或者會係另一種共同的觀影經驗。

    縱然是不同的時代和社會文化(影片拍攝於上世紀八十年代末共產統治下的波蘭),但人生路途中不少掙扎和困惑都是跨越時空的,讓我們一同嘗試在交流中聽到及學到更多。

    映前簡介Pre-screening introduction:1980年代的波蘭困境
    時間Time︰2017.04.01 (Sat) & 2017.04.02 (Sun) 2pm

    《十誡》捕捉平凡人在1980年代的波蘭所面對的困惑,以奇斯洛夫斯基的話說,他看到有些人真的不知道為何活著(I … had the overshelming impression that … I was watching people who didn’t really know why they were living)。那1980年代的波蘭社會究竟是什麼模樣?生活是如何無法忍受和絕望?了解這些社會背景或可幫助觀眾理解《十誡》的背景。

    映後討論Post-screening discussion:點做先至啱?──平凡人生活中的抉擇
    時間Time︰2017.04.01 (Sat) & 2017.04.02 (Sun) 7:30pm

    《十誡》不同人物在故事中作出他們的抉擇。你怎樣看?他人又覺得怎樣?你的感動其他觀眾又感受到嗎?我們會在討論中去尋找答案。「點做先至啱?」1988年的波蘭人在問,2017年的香港人何嘗不在問?

    *映後討論設小食和飲品,邊食邊傾

  • March 30, 2017
    Young talk – 粵語片到港產片−片頭設計小巡禮 First Impression: Title Credits in Cantonese and Hong Kong Cinema

     MAR_Young Talk_Film Poster  Special

     Date: Mar 30 (Thu)

    Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm 
    Venue: 1/F Broadway Cinematheque
    Speakers: Honkaz Fung, William Yuen

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  • ' 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.

     

     

  • ' 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.

     

     

  • ' Fleeing by Night '
    — Hsu Li Kong

    Fleeing By Night is a lush period piece that follows the love triangle of three men against the backdrop of the Chinese opera. American-educated cellist Shaodong, albeit engaged to Ying’er, is attracted to the Peking opera star Lin Chung. Things get complicated when the wealthy Zilei also sets his eyes on Lin Chung. Set primarily in the late 1930s, the film effectively uses China’s pre-revolution cultural contrasts to parallel its characters’ own identity crises.

     

     

  • ' An Education '
    — Lone Scherfig

    Written by Nick Hornby and based on a memoir by Lynn Barber, An Education is a coming-of-age drama that sees a teenage girl in the early 1960s London hungry for adult life.When Jenny meets David, she sees him as a shortcut to all the beautiful things she hopes to obtain through an Oxford education and a lucrative career.This may look like a romance, but Jenny’s real romance is with the outside world. The film is a breath of fresh air in its non-judgmental approach, and Carey Mulligan’s self-assured performance establishes her firmly as another British actress to watch out for.

  • ' The Counterfeiters '
    — Stefan Ruzowitzky

    In return for soft beds, good meals, acceptable working conditions, and the chance for a longer life, skillful counterfeiter Salomon Sorowitsch was willing to work for the Nazis. His fellow prisoners, Adolf Burger (whose memoir the film is based on), had a different opinion. Ruzowitzky depicts the care and attention to detail that went into the counterfeiting operation and presents a universal moral dilemma: is one’s own survival the most important priority of all? Provocative and compelling, Counterfeiter won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.

     

  • ' Private Lessons '
    — Joachim Lafosse

    In what is possibly his darkest film to date, the Belgian filmmaker Joachim Lafosse tells a drama that revolves around the conflict between a vulnerableadolescent tennis prodigy and a manipulative adulttutor.Lafosse confronts the issue of child abuse head-on and delivers one of cinema’s most thought-provoking and uncompromising studies in human frailty in recent years. The intelligent screenplay and direction are superbly complemented by strong central performances from the two actors,in particular Jonas Bloquetwho is remarkable in his first screen role.

     

     

  • ' 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.

     

     

  • ' 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.

     

  • ' Candy Rain '
    — Chen Hung-i

    A multitude of styles shifting between delicate sensitivity and over-the-top comedy, the four stories in the film are connected by a packet addressed to somebody called Candy Rain. The four relationships depicted here work and fail to work for different reasons, and it goes to show there simply is no fool-proof formula for love. Sandrine Pinna nails the quirkiness of her OCD character, while Karena Lam displays her neurotic comic side.

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