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Tsai Ming-liang

VR, films and masterclass

Eye Filmmuseum presents a retrospective of all of the Taiwanese master’s films to accompany Tsai Ming-liang’s first VR production The Deserted, from Rebels of the Neon God (1992) to Your Face (2018). Tsai will also visit Eye for a Masterclass on 12 January.

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Meditative, oppressive and enchanting: over the years plenty of adjectives have been used to describe Tsai Ming- liang’s. Words, however, are of little meaning when discussing the work of a man who strips his films back to visual essence. The acclaimed Taiwanese director captures his subjects in tightly framed images, in the tradition of filmmakers such as Michelangelo Antonioni and Ingmar Bergman.

Eye – then still known as Filmmuseum – distributed several of Tsai Ming- liang’s films in the Netherlands in the past, including I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone (2006) and What Time is It There? (2001). Tsai’s breakthrough film Vive l'amour (1994) is also part of Eye’s collection. 

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yearning in silence

Tsai Ming-liang was born in 1957 in Kuching, Malaysia. Ten years after graduating from Chinese Cultural University in Taiwan, he made his first feature film Rebels of The Neon God (1992). Since then he has been counted among the most interesting filmmakers in Taiwan and has won many international prizes, including at the prestigious film festivals in Berlin and Venice.

Tsai Ming-liang renewed cinematic language by being entirely trusting of the visual. He shows that loneliness is the price we pay in our consumer society. Everyone yearns in silence, but the desire for contact is rarely met.

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screenings with Q&A or introduction

10 January
19:15 Your Face
21:30 Rebels of the Neon God

11 January 
19:00 Vive l'amour

12 January 
14:00 masterclass

15 January
21:00 Visage

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