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What Time is it There? (Taiwan/France, 2001)

What Time is it There? (2001)
March 14, 2014 - 7:30 pm

Directed by Tsai Ming-liang

For two decades the Malaysian-Taiwanese auteur Tsai Ming-liang has explored spatial, temporal, and psychological displacement in the global city. Here Tsai’s perennial leading man Hsiao-Kang sells his dual time wristwatch to a young woman about to leave Taipei for Paris. Despite the earthly time zones that separate them, they find a connection via memory, ghosts, and—thanks to Truffaut alter ego Jean-Pierre Léaud—the cinema itself.

Producer: Bruno Pesery. Screenwriter: Tsai Ming-liang, Yang Pi-ying. Cinematographer: Benoît Delhomme. Editor: Chen Sheng-chang. Cast: Lee Kang-sheng, Chen Shiang-chyi, Lu Yi-ching, Miao Tien, Jean-Pierre Léaud. 

35mm, color, in Mandarin, Taiwanese and French with English subtitles, 116 min.