03 – 11 August 2018
Edition XVII

03 – 11 August 2018
Edition XVII

:A Time To Live, A Time To Die

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:A Time To Live, A Time To Die

Taiwan, 1985, 138 min

Spanning the years 1947–65, the film follows the maturation of Ah-ha (Ah-hsiao) as he and his family (parents, grandmother, older sister, three brothers) cope with the shock of leaving their homeland (the grandmother keeps talking about returning to the mainland to visit the ancestors). Having been only a child during the move, Ah-ha quickly acclimatizes himself to the new country, often putting him at odds with his more traditional family; he joins a street gang and has to choose between that life and taking the college entrance exam.

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HOU Hsiao-hsien, Chinese-born Taiwanese film director known for his film explorations of Taiwan’s history and family life, which emphasized realism through their subject matter and measured pace.
One of world cinema’s most dynamic and highly regarded auteurs, Hou Hsiao-hsien has influenced entire generations of filmmakers and was once dubbed “one of the three directors most crucial to the future of cinema”. His films have won him many awards, including at Cannes and Venice festivals. He was also was voted "Director of the Decade" for the 1990s in a poll of American and international critics put together by The Village Voice and Film Comment.
Winner: FIPRESCI Prize – Berlinale 1986. Best Non-American/Non-European Film – IFF Rotterdam 1986. Winner: Golden Horse FF 1985. Special Jury Award – Asia-Pacific FF 1985.
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