Double premiere of the iconic Taiwanese film director Tsai Ming-Liang. «Light» captured the quirks of natural light inside a memorable place for the director and all Taiwanese — the Zhongshan Exhibition Center in Taipei. This space became a film set for the painting «Your Face» - a collective portrait of 13 city residents, the music for which was written by Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Taiwan | 2018 | 18 min Tsai Ming-Liang Russian premiere
«Zhongshan Hall was built in Taipei in 1936. It was designed by Ide Kaoru, the Chief Architect of the then Governor-General's Office to serve as a public auditorium. It was here that the Japanese forces in Taiwan formally surrendered at the end of WWII in 1945, ending 51 years of Japanese occupation in Taiwan. The very first Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival was held here at Zhongshan Hall. During my university days, I volunteered as a ticket seller in order to watch films for free. Many years later, I received the top award at the Taipei Film Festival in an award ceremony held here as well. I have also run a coffeehouse here and often held small screenings of classic films during that time. Last year, I shot my film, «Your Face», inside Guangfu Auditorium. The film was composed of thirteen big close-ups. Each of those thirteen faces was filled with the passage of time. Now, I am given a chance to film Zhongshan Hall again. I switched off all the lights and allowed the warm winter sun to shine on her face» - Tsai Ming-Liang.
Taiwan | 2018 | 77 min Tsai Ming-Liang Russian premiere
«As I searched the streets of Taipei for faces to film, some verses began to appear in my mind. I wrote them down: There is some light, there is a story. Your face tells of the passage of time and places you have journeyed. In your eyes, there is a tinge of confusion and sadness. There is some light, there is a story. Your face tells of love and the places it hides in. In your eyes, there is a sparkle and some darkness. This is the meaning of the film» - Tsai Ming-Liang.
Tsai Ming-Liang (1957, Kuching, Malaysia) — film director. In 1977 graduated from Chinese Culture University where he studied film and drama. He was awarded with Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival (1994), Silver Bear of the Berlin International Film Festival (1994, 2005) and many other awards of the leading international film festivals.