The Boys from Fengkuei (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1983)

6a014e86c28c66970d01675f0c40cb970b-800wi Seattle’s Hou Hsiao-hsien Retrospective kicked off last night with his fourth feature and self-proclaimed “first real film”. It followed a trio of totally pleasant romantic comedies starring Hong Kong pop star Kenny Bee, who was then trying to make it as an actor in Taiwan. Already in those films Hou was demonstrating some of the tropes that would recur in his later work, most especially an emphasis on space and the placing of characters within their environments, explicitly the theme of two of those films, Cute Girl and The Green, Green Grass of Home, with their contrasts of rural and urban life. But after a pair of fortuitous and near-simultaneous meetings (with author Chu Tien-wen and the young directors that would make up the New Taiwanese Cinema) that would turn into career-long collaborations, Hou began a sharp move away from the generic and formal strictures of mainstream cinema toward a more personal and idiosyncratic vision.

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Friday March 20 – Thursday March 26

Featured Film:

The Seattle Hou Hsiao-hsien Retrospective

The great Taiwanese director comes to Seattle in retrospective form with five of his very best films playing on 35mm film, and five more on video, across fifteen days and three venues. “The film event of the year.” Our Preview.
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Playing This Week:

Ark Lodge Cinemas:

What We Do in the Shadows (Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi) Fri-Thurs Our Preview

Central Cinema:

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Howard Hawks, 1953) Fri-Tues
Spaceballs (Mel Brooks, 1987) Fri-Tues

SIFF Cinema Egyptian:

It Follows (David Robert Mitchell) Fri-Thurs
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975) Sat Midnight Only

Century Federal Way:

Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954) Sun Only


Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942) Sat Only Our Preview

Grand Cinema:

Antarctica: A Year on Ice (Anthony B. Powell) Fri-Thurs
What We Do in the Shadows (Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi) Fri-Thurs Our Preview
’71 (Yann Demange) Fri-Thurs
Triumph of the Will (Leni Riefenstahl, 1935) Thurs Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Beloved Sisters (Dominik Graf) Fri-Mon
Saturday Secret Matinee (The Sprocket Society) Sat Only
Killer Workout (David A. Prior, 1987) Fri Only
The Time to Live, The Time to Die (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1985) Fri Only 35mm, w/Intro Our Review
Good Men, Good Women (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1995) Sun Only 35mm
Dust in the Wind (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1987) Tues Only 35mm Our Review
Flowers of Shanghai (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1998) Thurs Only 35mm Our Review

Landmark Guild 45th Theatre:

’71 (Yann Demange) Fri-Thurs
Seymour: An Introduction (Ethan Hawke) Fri-Thurs
Song of the Sea (Tomm Moore) Fri-Thurs

Cinemark Lincoln Square Cinemas:

NH10 (Navdeep Singh) Fri-Thurs
Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954) Sun Only

Regal Meridian 16:

’71 (Yann Demange) Fri-Thurs

Northwest Film Forum:

The King and the Mockingbird (Paul Grimault, 1979) Fri-Sun Only
An Honest Liar (Justin Weinstein, 1979) Fri-Thurs
Dust in the Wind (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1987) Sat Only 35mm, w/Intro Our Review
Flowers of Shanghai (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1998) Mon Only 35mm, w/Intro Our Review
The Time to Live, The Time to Die (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1985) Mon Only 35mm Our Review
Millennium Mambo (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2001) Weds Only 35mm, w/Intro

AMC Pacific Place:

Lost & Love (Peng Sanyuan) Fri-Thurs

Kirkland Parkplace Cinema:

The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, 1941) Fri-Sun
Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh) Fri-Thurs
Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne) Fri-Thurs Our Preview

Scarecrow Video Screening Lounge:

Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki, 1997) Fri Only
Twice Upon a Time (John Forty & Charles Swenson, 1983) Fri Only
Love Crime (Alain Corneau, 2011) Sat Only
Little Annie Rooney (William Beaudine, 1925) Sun Only
Island of Terror (Terrence Fisher, 1966) Sun Only
Chris Marker Group Mon Only
The Night Stalker/The Night Strangler (John Llewellyn Moxey/Dan Curtis, 1972/1973) Tues Only
Red Sonja (Richard Fleischer, 1985) Weds Only
The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949) Thurs Only

Seattle Art Museum:

The Passenger (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1975) Tues Only
Casque d’Or (Jacques Becker, 1952) Thurs Only 35mm

Landmark Seven Gables:

Wild Tales (Damián Szifrón) Fri-Thurs Our Preview

SIFF Film Center:

Still Alice (Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland) Mon Only
Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach, 2012) Weds Only

Sundance Cinemas Seattle:

Ballet 422 (Jody Lee Lipes) Fri-Thurs Our Preview
Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh) Fri-Thurs
Red Army (Gabe Polsky) Fri-Thurs
Treading Water (Analeine Cal y Mayor) Fri-Thurs
The Lovers (Roland Joffé) Fri-Thurs
Zombeavers (Jordan Rubin) Fri-Thurs
What We Do in the Shadows (Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi) Fri-Thurs Our Preview

SIFF Cinema Uptown:

What We Do in the Shadows (Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi) Fri-Thurs Our Preview 
Kumiko the Treasure Hunter (David Zellner) Fri-Thurs Our Preview
The Wrecking Crew (Denny Tedesco, 2008) Fri-Thurs