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HHH - The Portrait of Hou Hsiao-hsien

Olivier Assayas
HHH - Un portrait de Hou Hsiao-hsien
France 1997 / 91’
subtitles: Polish and English
Irma Vep Late August, Early September

The subject of this year’s retrospective has always held Asian cinema in high regard. After all, he used to write about it as a critic for Cahiers du Cinéma. In this unhurried documentary, full of warmth and focus, he looks at his favorite director, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, who returned to the big screen recently with the spectacular film The Assassin, which was also shown in Poland. Starting from the very beginning, i.e., from a fragment of his A Time to Live and a Time to Die that makes reference to his own experiences, Assayas questions Hou about more than just cinema. Gradually learning about the world of a boy named A-ha, because that’s how his old neighbors still remember him, listening to stories about how he decided to become a director when he was in the army, spending every free Sunday at the cinema, Assayas slowly starts to understand why his protagonist is considered a Taiwanese—not Chinese—filmmaker. “Modern life seems to be indecipherable, but it all depends on the right perspective. Here, you have to keep it at arm’s length as you would with the past,” teaches Hou. And then he takes his interlocutor to karaoke.

Marta Bałaga

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fr 02 Aug, 13:00dcf la
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Olivier Assayas

Born in Paris in 1955, Olivier Assayas is the son of screenwriter Jacques Rémy (whose real name was Raymond Assayas). It was at his father’s side that Olivier took his first steps in the industry while still a teenager. He began making his first short amateur films a little while later. At the same time, he launched his career as a film critic, writing for the famous Cahiers du cinéma. He made his full-length debut with Disorder in 1986. Since then, he has made a number of films that have ensured him a position as one of the most important directors in European cinema. His most acclaimed works include Irma Vep, Something in the Air (an award winner for best screenplay at the Venice Festival) and Clouds of Sils Maria.

Selected filmography

1986 Bezład / Désordre / Disorder

1989 Zimowe dziecko / L’enfant de l’hiver / Winter’s Child

1991 Paryż się budzi / Paris s’éveille / Paris Awakens

1993 Nowe życie / Une nouvelle vie / A New Life

1994 Zimna woda / L’eau froide / Cold Water

1996 Irma Vep

1998 Koniec sierpnia, początek września / Fin août, début septembre / Late August, Early September

2000 Ścieżki uczuć / Les destinées sentimentales / Sentimental Destinies

2002 Demonlover

2004 Czysta / Clean

2007 Przejście / Boarding Gate

2008 Pewnego lata / L’heure d’été / Summer Hours

2010 Carlos (TV series)

2012 Po maju / Après mai / Something in the Air

2014 Sils Maria / Clouds of Sils Maria 

2016 Personal Shopper

2018 Doubles vies / Non-Fiction

Cast & Crew

director Olivier Assayas
screenplay Olivier Assayas
cinematography Eric Gautier
editing Marie Lecoeur
producer Xavier Carniaux
production AMIP, Arc Light Films, Chinese Public Television, Hsu Hsiao-ming Film Corporation, Institut National de l'Audiovisuel, La Sept-Arte
sales Les Films du l'Atalante
language French, English, Mandarin
colouration colour