Fēngguì lái de rén (The Boys from Fengkuei) 1983 Ages 15+

6.00PM Fri 12 Mar 2021 (1hr 42mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

The Boys from Fengkuei will screen from a 4K digital restoration.

'Hou Hsiao-hsien’s breakthrough feature is also one of his best - a moving depiction of the excitement and unease created by the relocation of a group of friends from a remote village in the Penghu Islands to Kaohsiung. Through the precise delineation of quotidian experience, Hou subtly explores the impact of Taiwan’s economic miracle. Reflexively engaging with Neorealism (at one point, the boys sneak into a theater showing an English-dubbed print of Luchino Visconti’s Rocco and His Brothers), Hou also establishes the stylistic interests - long takes, elliptical editing, shifting points of view - that would define his mature style. In one remarkable and characteristically understated sequence, Hou commingles past and present, layering space and time by introducing the protagonist’s reminiscence within a continuous panning movement and closing this with a counter-shot from the present.' IFFR

CREDITS

35MM, COLOUR, MONO, 99 MINUTES, TAIWAN, MANDARIN/MIN NAN (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: HOU HSIAO-HSIEN / SCRIPT: T’IEN-WEN CHU / CINEMATOGRAPHER: CHEN KUN-HOU / EDITOR: LIAO CHING-SUNG / PROD CO: EVERGREEN FILM COMPANY / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: CINÉMATHÈQUE ROYALE DE BELGIQUE, BRUSSELS / SCREENING FORMAT: 4K DCP