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What Time Is It There? (2001) in 35mm

What Time Is It There?
Cinema
February
27
7 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Wed February 27, 2019
7 PM

Location:

The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208

Audience:

Open to the public

Details:

WHAT TIME IS IT THERE?
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 7:00 PM FREE
(Tsai Ming-Liang, 2001, Taiwan/France, 35mm, 116 min.)
In Mandarin, Taiwanese and French with English subtitles

Droll, deadpan, and deliberate, Tsai Ming-Liang’s What Time Is It There? was instantly recognized upon its 2001 release as a landmark of contemporary world cinema, and has only grown in poignancy since. The film follows parallel stories of isolation and longing in an era of globalization. Hsiao Kang is a street vendor living with his recently-widowed mother in Taipei; Shiang-Chyi is a young woman who buys a dual-time watch from him before traveling to Paris. As Hsiao Kang begins to obsessively change every clock he sees to Paris time, Shiang-Chyi struggles to find human connection in an unfamiliar city. Tsai’s laconic, long-take style yields rich rewards for attentive viewers, delivering gorgeous images, wry humor, and a rare depth of feeling.

Corey Byrnes, Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese Culture at Northwestern University, will introduce the film.

FREE AND OPEN TO ALL

Contact The Block Museum of Art for more information: (847) 491-4000 or email us at block-museum@northwestern.edu