Tsai Ming-liang

This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 6:00p.m.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium
230 S. Columbus Dr., Chicago, IL
United States

Born in Malaysia in 1957, Tsai Ming-liang is one of the most prominent film directors of the new cinema movement in Taiwan. He is known for his long shots, elliptical narratives, painterly approaches to light and color, and poignant portrayals of urban and sexual alienation.

In 1994, Tsai’s film Vive L’Amour was awarded the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival, helping to establish a place for him in the world of international film. In 2009, Face became the first film to be included in the collection of the Louvre Museum’s program Le Louvre s'offre aux cinéastes. It has since become the benchmark for films venturing into the realm of art galleries. In recent years, Tsai has focused on installation art, and his works have been well-received in Venice, Italy; Shanghai; and Nagoya, Japan.

In 2011, at the invitation of the National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center in Taipei, Taiwan, Tsai returned to theater performance after a 27-year absence with three monodramas, titled Only You. Since 2012, he has been working on a long-term project to film actor Lee Kang-sheng's slow walk, collaborating with various cities and organizations. To date, he has completed seven short works. His full-length feature Stray Dogs (2013) was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 70th Venice Film Festival. In 2014, he presented the critically acclaimed theater work, The Monk from Tang Dynasty at arts festivals in Brussels, Vienna, and Taipei. That same year, Tsai made history by bringing his work into the museum space. Stray Dogs at the Museum, a solo exhibition at the Museum of National Taipei University of Education was presented in the form of video installations.

The first retrospective of Tsai Ming-liang's films in Chicago will be featured at Doc Films, January 10 – March 5. For the full schedule and additional programming, please visit tsai2020.com.

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