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Ni de lian (Your Face)

Out of Competition

Director:
Tsai Ming-liang
Production:
Homegreen Films (Claude Wang)
Running Time:
76’
Language:
Chinese
Country:
Taiwan
Main Cast:
Huang Hsueh-feng, Hsu Lin Yu-jung, Liu Chin-hua, Chiang Shih-hui, Chen Su-li, Lin Wan-fu, Lin Chin-ta, Chuang Yu-chang, Yeh Ching-fang, Ho Shu-li, Ma Tung-po, Lee Kang-sheng
Cinematographer:
Ian Ku
Editor:
Chang Jhong-yuan
Music:
Ryuichi Sakamoto
Sound:
Dennis Tsao

Synopsis

As I searched the streets of Taipei for faces to film, some verses began to appear in my mind.
I wrote them down:

There is some light, there is a story.
Your face tells of the passage of time and places you have journeyed.
In your eyes, there is a tinge of confusion and sadness. There is some light, there is a story.
Your face tells of love and the places it hides in.
In your eyes, there is a sparkle and some darkness.

This is the meaning of the film.

Director’s Statement

Last year, I made a VR film.
Since it was VR, there was no composition in the traditional sense and no close-ups as well.
After I made the film, I had a sudden desire to film close-up shots.
I decided to make a film made up of only close-ups. Hsiao-kang will be in it, of course, together with a few others.
So I went out to the streets in search of the faces I wanted.
In two months, I found more than ten of them.
One after another, I lit them with extra attention, as if they were cinematic compositions.
Not long after, I met Ryuichi Sakamoto by chance at the beach in Venice.
After I pieced together those big close-ups that I had filmed, I wrote him a letter and asked if he’d have a look at it. He agreed.
One month later, he sent me some audio files. I couldn’t be sure what exactly I heard.
Sakamoto told me politely that I could use it in any way I wanted. Or I could simply ignore it.
I was thrilled by it. It felt like an adventure.
After more than twenty years, I finally made a film with a musical score.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: HOMEGREEN FILMS
No. 146, Changchun Rd.,
231 - New Taipei City, Taiwan
Tel. 886222171028
hgfilmsinfo@gmail.com

WORLD SALES: Claude Wang - HOMEGREEN FILMS
No. 146, Changchun Rd.,
231 - New Taipei City, Taiwan
Tel. 886222171028
kumo924097@gmail.com

PRESS OFFICE: Claude Wang - HOMEGREEN FILMS
No. 146, Changchun Rd.,
231 - New Taipei City, Taiwan
Tel. 886222171028
kumo924097@gmail.com


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