October 12 & 13 at Embarcadero Center Cinema
Exploring new and classic work from the diverse island state of Taiwan, the sixth edition of Taiwan Film Days features a spotlight on master filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien. Not to miss: The Boys from Fengkuei, Hou’s fourth feature-length film which elegantly recalls the excitement, confusion, anxiety and directionless possibilities of youth in transition to adulthood.
October 13, 9:00 at Embarcadero Center Cinema
Hou Hsiao-hsien’s beautiful fourth feature-length film follows three bored teenagers who move from the small island of Fengkuei to the port of Kaohsiung. Elegantly recalling the excitement, confusion, anxiety and directionless possibilities of youth in transition to adulthood, the film reveals director Hou in a transition of his own to a canny naturalism that will mark his films for a decade. Restored at the Cinémathèque Royal de Belgique in collaboration with Hou Hsiao-Hsien and the Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project.
Flowers of Taipei: Taiwan New Cinema
October 13, 6:15 at Embarcadero Center Cinema
The Taiwanese New Cinema movement of the 1980s and ’90s captured the imaginations of audiences and filmmakers worldwide. This comprehensive documentary features interviews with leading critics, curators and filmmakers mixed with glorious archival clips from some of the most beloved and inspiring films of the era. Pitch perfect, Flowers of Taipei is an ideal introduction to and celebration of one of the most vital film movements of our time.