In May, the spotlight is on romantic neon melodramas directed by promising new Asian filmmakers.
La Casa Encendida pays tribute to the Hong Kong master of the romantic melodrama with a programme of contemporary Asian films inspired by the impossible love stories of the director of In the Mood for Love, and the signature neon-drenched nocturnal cinematography of his long-time collaborator Christopher Doyle.
The cycle “Under the Influence of Wong Kar-wai” features four neo-noir films about tormented individuals who haven’t gotten over the loss of their lovers, mothers, fathers, enemies or other creatures, whose absence will continue to haunt them until they are found. As in Wong Kar-wai’s cinematic creations, these four feature films—from Singapore, Taiwan, inland China and the Chinese coast facing Japan—portray the yawning chasm of memory, inducing a permanent reverie that drags the characters into a mental labyrinth where the past, the present and the projections of their own desire coexist.
04 and 05 MayFilms, Screenings “Long Day’s Journey into Night” by Bi Gan
A ghost story about a man who returns to his hometown to face his past in a nightmare that unfolds on (…)
11 and 12 MayFilms, Screenings “Cities of Last Things” by Wi Ding Ho
A neo-noir melodrama that narrates a police officer’s misfortunes, or the greatest tragedies of his (…)
18 and 19 MayFilms, Screenings “A Land Imagined” by Siew Hua Yeo
A noir film —think David Lynch meets Wong Kar-wai— about the police investigation of an (…)
25 and 26 MayFilms, Screenings “From Where We’ve Fallen” by Wang Feifei
A drama of intersecting tales of apathy, avarice, jealousy and infidelity among members of a new (…)