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Hou Hsiao-hsien: A TIME TO LIVE AND A TIME TO DIE on 35mm
Grand Illusion Cinema
Seattle, WA
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Hou Hsiao-hsien: A TIME TO LIVE AND A TIME TO DIE on 35mm
Mar 20 at 7pm

1985 136 min, 35mm

Introduction by local film critic Sean Gilman!

Hou turned to his own coming-of-age story for one of his most acclaimed films, a tale that begins in 1947 and stretches over nearly twenty years. After the war, young Ah-hsiao (a fictionalized version of Hou) and his family move from China to rural Taiwan when his father secures a government job there. Ah-hsaio gets tangled up in street gangs, experiences his family's evolutions and struggles, and eventually takes up a central role in keeping them together. Jonathan Rosenbaum called it "an excellent introduction to [Hou's] work as a whole."


Part of Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

Co-presented with the Northwest Film Forum!
35mm prints!

A striking, singular voice in world cinema, Hou Hsiao-hsien is a leading Taiwanese filmmaking auteur, whose invaluable contributions to the art of cinema range from intricately woven narratives to gracefully empathetic long takes (and achingly beautiful cinematography). This series samples Hou Hsiao-hsien's remarkable filmography, presenting five films that span fifteen years of his career.

An international retrospective organized by Richard I. Suchenski (Director, Center for Moving Image Arts at Bard College), in collaboration with the Taipei Cultural Center, the Taiwan Film Institute, and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The book Hou Hsiao-hsien (Vienna: Österreichisches Filmmuseum and New York: Columbia University Press, 2014) has been released in conjunction with this retrospective.


Grand Illusion Cinema
1403 NE 50th
Seattle, WA 98105
United States


Film > Festivals

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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