EAFFI 2019: THE RIVER

TSAI MING-LIANG

HE LIU

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This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Tsai Ming-Liang and Lee Kang-Sheng.

Regarded as one of the greatest films of the 1990s, this is a rare screening of The River’s restored version. Set in Taipei, it is a tense, challenging depiction of city life, dysfunctional families, alienation, and sexual tension.

A young woman working as part of a film crew runs into an old friend, Hsiao-Kang (Lee Kang-Sheng). While hanging around the set, he is asked to play a dead body floating in the polluted Tamsui River. Soon after, Hsiao-Kang develops chronic neck pain. Characterised by slow action and minimal dialogue, the symbolism of water becomes apparent as Hsiao- Kang’s mysterious neck pain is mirrored by a water leak in the bedroom that gradually becomes more serious.

Screening as part of the East Asia Film Festival Ireland 2019, April 11th to 14th. Click for more information.

 

115 mins, Taiwan, 1997, Digital, Subtitled

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