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Your Face + Visage

February 17, 2019

Your Face + Visage

(Dir. Tsai Ming-liang, 2018/2009)

Los Angeles premiere!
Co-presented by MUBI and La Collectionneuse!


4:30 PM


5:00 PM


Downtown Independent
251 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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*Note: One ticket grants admission to both films + the after party

Your Face (Tsai Ming-liang, 2018, 76 min.) –– 5:00pm

Radically  rethinking the tired talking-heads template, Tsai Ming-liang’s latest  digital experiment turns the human face into a subject of dramatic  intrigue. Comprised of a series of portrait shots of mostly anonymous  individuals (Tsai devotees will no doubt recognize his long-time muse,  Lee Kang-sheng), the film shrewdly deemphasizes language while reducing  context to a bare minimum. In their place, the beauty and imperfections  of each face take center stage. Accompanied by Ryuichi Sakamoto’s  soundtrack of dynamically modulating drone frequencies, Tsai’s subjects  variously speak, stare, and, at one point, sleep as the camera quietly  registers the weight of personal history and accumulated experience writ  beautifully across every last pore and crevasse.

Visage (Tsai Ming-liang, 2009, 141 min.) –– 7:00pm

A  filmmaker is attempting to complete an ambitious project in the midst of  a family tragedy in this self-referential drama from writer and  director Tsai Ming-Liang. Hsaio-Kong (Lee Kang-Sheng) is a director from  Taiwan who is soon to begin shooting his next picture, a stylized  adaptation of Salome, in France, though first he has to help his elderly  mother (Lu Yi-Ching) with some plumbing problems. Hsaio-Kong arrives in  Paris to discover his producers have cast a well-known model with no  acting experience (Laetitia Casta) in the leading role, which adds to  the challenge of working in a language in which he's not fluent and  having a leading man (Jean-Pierre Leaud) who seems to have lost his  memory. Hsaio-Kong's troubles with the shoot are at once exacerbated and  made insignificant when he learns of the death of his mother. Featuring  guest appearances from Fanny Ardant, Nathalie Baye and Jeanne Moreau.

[Your Face] exerts a soothing, almost mesmeric pull.

- Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

Filled with gorgeous and inexplicable events... [Visage is] undoubtedly the prettiest movie in Cannes' main competition.

- Eric Kohn, Indiewire

Unfailingly pleasing as cinema... [Your Face] holds enough contained dynamism to make each handsomely composed static shot interesting on one or more levels.

- Jay Weissberg, Variety

Summarizing Tsai’s obsessions while sharpening his style, Visage is ultimately the ideal Louvre film: an entrancing and unnerving tour  of one gallery after another, each image a work for viewers to lose  themselves in.

- Fernando F. Croce, Reverse Shot

[Your Face] serves as a semi-extension on Andy Warhol’s famous “Screen Tests" and Gregory Markopoulos’ Galaxie... Almost  half a century later, Tsai replaces the glamor evoked by the icons of  Warhol and Markopoulos’ vital works with a rumination on old age and the  passage of time.

- Jason Ooi, The Film Stage

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