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Goodbye, Dragon Inn  /  Fantasma

Goodbye, Dragon Inn
June 19, 2016 - 7:00 pm

UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles present

Goodbye, Dragon Inn  (Taiwan, 2003)

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An old Taipei cinema is set to close.  Its final denizens, a small and lonely group of strangers, settle into disparate corners and mental spaces, as King Hu’s Dragon Inn (1967) plays on screen for the last time.  Tsai Ming-liang’s meditative feature masterfully demonstrates that such a place, haunted by stories and memories, is far greater than the sum of its parts.

35mm, color, in Mandarin and Min Nan with English subtitles, 82 min.  Production: Homegreen Films.  Producer: Hung-Chih Liang, Vincent Wang.  Director: Tsai Ming-liang.  Screenwriter: Tsai Ming-liang.  Cinematographer: Pen-Jung Liao.  Editor: Sheng-Chang Chen.  Cast: Kang-sheng Lee, Shiang-chyi Chen, Kiyonobu Mitamura.

Fantasma  (Argentina/France/Netherlands, 2006)

In this hypnotic commentary on cinematic rituals and presence, the star of director Lisandro Alonso’s Los Muertos (2004), Argentino Vargas, wanders through the Teatro San Martin in Buenos Aires, looking for the theater where Los Muertos is scheduled to screen.  Fantasma charts an existential journey through the hallways and lobbies of the cavernous theater and then continues beyond when Vargas confronts his own image on screen.

35mm, color, in Spanish with English subtitles, 60 min.  Production: 4L, Slot Machine, Fortuna Films.  Producer: Lisandro Alonso, Ilse Hughan, Marianne Slot.  Director: Lisandro Alonso.  Screenwriter: Lisandro Alonso.  Cinematographer: Lucio Bonelli.  Production Designer: Gonzalo Delgado, Guy-Claude François, Thierry François.  Editor: Lisandro Alonso, Delfina Castagnino.  Music: Flor Maleva.  Cast: Argentino Vargas, Misael Saavedra, Carlos Landini.

Preceded by:

Last Full Show  (Philippines, 2005)

A high school boy sparks a life-changing affair with an older man amid the flickering light, worn seats and furtive patrons of an underground cinema in Manila.

35mm, color, in Filipino, Tagalog, English and French with English subtitles, 19 min.  Production: Kapelikula Pictures.  Distribution: Frameline.  Producer: Coffy David.  Director: Mark V. Reyes.  Screenwriter: Mark V. Reyes.  Cinematographer: Neil Daza.  Production Designer: Kay Abano.  Editor: Anna Becker.  Music: Rannie Bello.  Cast: Jeremy Aguado, Nanding Josef, Sugus Legaspi, Jojo Nones, Mae Paner.

Print courtesy of the Packard Humanities Institute Collection at the Academy Film Archive

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