Hou’s semi-autobiographical film looks at life and death, charting the story of his family and his own experiences growing up as a child and a teenager in rural Taiwan after they relocate from mainland China. Through young Ah-hao, Hou revisits the small-town landscapes of his youth.
Evoking impressions and strong memories, the placid rhythm of the camera heightens the slow pace of time passing. Intertwining intimate memories with national history, Hou’s delicate gaze juxtaposes the tenderness of youth and adolescence with the traumas of growing up and those of the larger society.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Hou Hsiao-Hsien.
This film is screening as part of the Made in Taiwan season of Chinese Language films, running from May 11th to 14th. More info here.