Ni de lian

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Ni de lian

Your Face

TSAI Ming-liang
Taiwan, 2018
Features, 77min, OmeU

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Ni de lian

TSAI Ming-liang
Taiwan, 2018
Features, 77min, OmeU

Tue
06
Nov
13:00
Gartenbaukino
Thu
08
Nov
15:30
Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus
Cast: 
Lee Kang-sheng
Lee Liu Chin-Hua
Huang Hsueh-Feng
Sound: 
Dennis Tsao
Camera: 
Ian Ku
Editor: 
Chang Jhong-Yuan
Composer: 
Ryuichi Sakamoto

Production: 
Homegreen Films
World Sales: 
Homegreen Films
Format: 
DCP
Color

The first woman can’t keep a smile from her lips; the third woman wiggles her tongue frantically before collapsing into giggles. When the second man blinks, his eyes stay shut longer than necessary; the fourth man plays a harmonica but makes no other sound. We only ever see their faces, shot from the front or in profile, looking into the frame or past it, at something or someone else, with the same backdrop each time, an indeterminate room of shadows and shades of green. Some speak or even converse with the man behind the camera, others stay silent or appear to fall asleep; all have reached a certain age. The chimes and drones on the soundtrack ebb and flow, although their rhythm is as unpredictable as that of the film, there’s no fixed duration, no certainty of start or finish, no set amount of context, the faces are the only true constant, together with the movements they make. Recollections of childhood, money, and love flow out of wrinkles, foreheads, and baggy eyelids, or perhaps it’s the other way around. The last man is an actor and a familiar one at that, but here he’s no different from all the rest; faces grow old on the big screen, just like your face, like mine. (James Lattimer)

 Tsai Ming-liang: REBELS OF THE NEON GOD (1992), VIVE L’AMOUR (1994), THE RIVER (1997), THE HOLE (1998), WHAT TIME IS IT THERE? (2001), GOODBYE, DRAGON INN (2003), THE WAYWARD CLOUD (2005), I DON’T WANT TO SLEEP ALONE (2006), SLEEPING ON DARK WATERS (2008), VISAGE (2009), BEAUTIFUL 2012 (2012), STRAY DOGS (2013), AFTERNOON (2015), THE DESERTED: VR (2015)