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  • August 31, 2017
    Young talk – Too Late For Divorce

     

    Date: Aug 31 (Thu)

    Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm 
    Venue: 1/F Broadway Cinematheque
    Speakers: Daniel Chan, David Chan

  • August 29, 2017
    Martin Scorsese’s Film School Talk – Paisan

    Time: 2017.08.29. (Tue) 7:00pm-10:00pm 
    Venue: Broadway Cinematheque 1/F 
    Guest: Daniel Chan

    Paisan

    Director: Roberto Rossellini
    Writers:Federico Fellini、Sergio Amidei、Marcello Pagliero、Alfred Hayes、Vasco Pratolini、Klaus Mann
    Cinematographer: Ubaldo Arata
    Starring: Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi

    1946/ B&W/ 134 mins/English and Italian in English Subtitles

    The middle film in Rossellini’s famous “war trilogy” – between Open City and Germany Year Zero – Paisà is a series of sequences from the lives of everyday Italians, both civilians and antifascist partisans, during the fight for the liberation of Italy by the Allied armies in 1943 and 1944. Starting in the south and moving north, the episodes follow the armies as they traverse the different regions – depicting tales of everyday heroism, a kind of neorealist “history from below.” Framed by a map of Italy whose pieces are illuminated one by one, the stories express a hope that fascism’s authoritarian hierarchies would be replaced with a pluralist Italy which acknowledged and celebrated regional differences.

  • July 27, 2017
    Young talk – Honeymoon

     MAY_Young Talk

    Date: Jul 27 (Thu)

    Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm 
    Venue: 1/F Broadway Cinematheque
    Speakers: Daniel Chan

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  • ' A Summer’s Tale '
    — Éric Rohmer

    The third film in Rohmer’s Tale of Four Seasons cycle covers a few summer weeks in Gaspard’s life and his encounters with three women: Margot who isn’t interested in more than a friendship, Solene who wants an exclusive relationship, and Lena whose ambiguous romantic attitude keeps him in a state of constant consternation. In a non-patronising way, Rohmer throws four people into a mixing pot and explores what happens when that traditional happy ending is not mandated.

     

  • ' Lives of the Others '
    — Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

     Lives of the Others offers more than a rare and fascinating snapshot of life behind the Berlin Wall.It’s 1984 in East Germany and GerdWiesler, a master interrogator, is tasked to monitor every single detail in the life of playwright Dreyman and his girlfriend. Ironically, his surveillance has led him to sympathize with his targets and Wiesler risks violating the law and jeopardizing his career to protect the couple. The late Ulrich Muhe is magnificent as Wiesler, whose gradual transition from loyal drone to actual human being is where the film is most powerful.

     

  • ' 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.

     

  • ' Transamerica '
    — Duncan Tucker

    In about a week’s time, pre-operative transsexual Bree will undergo the final operation that will complete her transition from a man to a woman. Just at this critical time, she learns that she has a son named Toby, and he is in trouble. Going all the way to New York, Bree bails Toby and the two of them set off on a trip back to Los Angeles, without Toby realising that Bree is his biological father. As Bree, Felicity Huffman’s awkward mix of male/female mannerisms is so on-target. Her edgy, raw, and carefully contained performance made her winner of the Golden Globe Best Actress award.

     

     

  • ' 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.

     

     

  • ' 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.

     

  • ' Blue Gate Crossing '
    — Yee Chih-yen

    “I’m a girl, I love boys…” At 17, Kerou tries to convince herself that as a girl, she should love boys. At 17, Shihao loves swimming, and he’s convinced that he likes Kerou. There is a kiss, but it does not lead to a boyfriend-and-girlfriend… at least not yet. Yee Chih-Yen’s second film deals with growing up and sexual initiation with a courage that is rarely seen in Taiwan cinema. Seldom has innocence been captured with such unsentimental intelligence.

     

  • ' 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.

     

     

  • ' 500 Days of Summer '
    — 馬克·韋布

    She loves you. Truly. But not forever. That is what Tom has to come to terms with. Writing copies for greeting cards, the aspiring architect Tom finds his everlasting love when Summer shows up at work as his boss’ assistant. As hinted in the title, their story lasts for not more than 500 days. What’s more important though, is the journey and not the destination, right? That how Marc Webb thinks anyway, and that’s why he chooses to tell us the story in a shuffled order. It is not confusing; it is nothing by honest, because that’s how remembrance works. Marc Webb’s debut is an absolute charmer.

     

     

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