CANCELED - Film: "What Time Is It There?"
CANCELED - Film: "What Time Is It There?"
WhenSunday, March 29, 2020, 2 PM
SponsorAsian Art Museum
VenueFreer Gallery of Art
Event LocationMeyer Auditorium

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“I’m using this movie to raise the question, ‘When someone you love very dearly passes away, is it only fear that you’re feeling, or is it more than that?’ Basically, this character is in shock after his father dies. . . . He has lost a certain sense of direction, which compels him to change every clock in the city.” —Tsai Ming-liang

This metaphysical comedy blends the themes and obsessions of Tsai’s earlier films into one of his most elegant and accomplished creations. An assertive young woman (Chen Shiang-chyi), who is about to leave for Paris, convinces a watch seller (Lee Kang-sheng) to sell her the watch on his own wrist. Immediately smitten, he acts out his obsession with her by attempting to change every clock he sees to Paris time. Meanwhile, his grieving mother (Lu Yi-ching) is troubled by the idea that her dead husband might be reincarnated in another time zone. Mixing melancholy with deadpan comedy, this film is also a tribute to Tsai’s cinematic idol, the French director François Truffaut, and even includes a wonderful cameo by one of Truffaut’s most famous collaborators, actor Jean-Pierre Léaud. (Dir.: Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan/France, 2001, 116 min., 35mm, Mandarin, French, and English with English subtitles)

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