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Your Face

Tsai Ming-liang
Ni de lian
Taiwan, France 2018 / 76’
Too Late to Die Young

A meeting of two minimalists: the master of long shots, Tsai Ming-liang, and avant-garde Japanese composer Ryūichi Sakamoto. Presented at the festival in Venice, Your Faceinvolves 13 static close-ups of faces: of people encountered on the streets of Taipei and of actor Lee Kang-Sheng, a favorite of the director, who has appeared in all of his major films. Some of the protagonists remain silent, staring at the camera, while others give in to embarrassed laughter. And yet others decide to open up, to reveal their secrets and share stories. They trust the camera, which doesn’t denounce or expose them but instead offers an invitation. The director of The Wayward Cloud came up with the idea for this project after filming The Deserted, using virtual-reality technology, which, as he noted, doesn’t allow close-ups. In Your Face,Ming-liangfocuses on intimate contemplation: facial expressions, wrinkles, sadness and smiles. The discreet, atonal soundtrack is the perfect complement to this process.

Mariusz Mikliński

Tsai Ming-liang

Tsai Ming-liang was born in Kuching, Malaysia, in 1957. He moved to Taiwan in the 1970s. In 1982, he completed his degree in film studies at the Chinese University in Taipei. Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Festival for Vive L'Amour in 1994 and the Grand Jury Prize for Stray Dogs in 2013. Known for his frequent collaboration with actor Lee Kang-sheng. He was the subject of a retrospective at New Horizons in 2009.

Selected filmography

1994 Niech żyje miłość / Ai qing wan sui / Vive l'Amour

1997 Rzeka / He liu / The River

2003 Bu san / Good Bye, Dragon Inn

2009 Twarz / Visage / Face

2013 Bezpańskie psy / Jiao you / Stray Dogs

Cast & Crew

director Tsai Ming-liang
screenplay Tsai Ming-liang
cinematography Ian Ku
editing Chang Jhong-yuan
music Ryuichi Sakamoto
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
producer Claude Wang
production Homegreen Films
sales Claude Wang, Homegreen Films
language Chinese
colouration colour