Millennium Mambo (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2001)

millennium-mamboOne of the great things about a retrospective of a great director’s works such as the one we’re in the midst of enjoying with this Seattle Hou program is finding previously unsuspected connections between the films. Millennium Mambo, released in 2001 and Hou’s first to be theatrically distributed in the US, is his first film set entirely (well, almost) in the contemporary world since Daughter of the Nile, and like that film it tends to be passed over in favor of more ostensibly serious works (which also, perhaps not coincidentally, have male protagonists). A chronicle of a young woman in a bad relationship struggling to get by in the trancelike neon club haze of Taipei, the film is told in voiceover from ten years in the future, as Shu Qi’s Vicky looks back on her life in a tangled chronology of memories, impressions, dreams and failures. There doesn’t appear to be a definitive order of events, and how one chooses to place the film’s final scene in the timeline goes a long way toward determining if you see the film as ultimately hopeful or depressing.

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Friday March 27 – Thursday April 2

Featured Film:

The Seattle Hou Hsiao-hsien Retrospective, Part 2

“The film event of the year” retrospective of the great Taiwanese director continues this week with four more films at three different venues across town, with two on film and two on video (and free!).  Our Preview.
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Playing This Week:

Ark Lodge Cinemas:

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

Central Cinema:

Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946) Fri-Weds
Shrek (Vicky Jenson & Andrew Adamson, 2001) Fri-Weds
Dune (David Lynch, 1984) Thurs Only

SIFF Cinema Egyptian:

It Follows (David Robert Mitchell) Fri-Thurs

Century Federal Way:

Gigi (Vincente Minnelli, 1958) Sun Only


Giant (George Stevens, 1956) Sat Only

Grand Cinema:

Song of the Sea (Tomm Moore) Fri-Thurs
What We Do in the Shadows (Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi) Fri-Thurs Our Preview
’71 (Yann Demange) Fri-Thurs
It Follows (David Robert Mitchell) Fri-Thurs
Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine (Michele Josue) Tues Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Spring (Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead) Fri-Thurs
Millennium Mambo (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2001) Sat Only 35mm Our Review
Saturday Secret Matinee (The Sprocket Society) Sat Only
Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams Vol. 3 w/ the Best of Felt-A-Thon Sun Only
EXcinema presents Roger Beebe Sun Only

Landmark Guild 45th Theatre:

Serena (Susanne Bier) Fri-Thurs
Seymour: An Introduction (Ethan Hawke) Fri-Thurs
Song of the Sea (Tomm Moore) Fri-Thurs

Cinemark Lincoln Square Cinemas:

Jill (Radha Krishna) Fri-Thurs in Telugu with no subtitles
Gigi (Vincente Minnelli, 1958) Sun Only

Regal Meridian:

’71 (Yann Demange) Fri-Thurs
It Follows (David Robert Mitchell) Fri-Thurs

Northwest Film Forum:

Good Men, Good Women (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1995) Fri Only 35mm, w/Intro
VHSEX 3 Fri Only
Films for One to Eight Projectors: Multi-Projector Experiments by Roger Beebe Sat Only 16mm w/Director
Sabbatical (Brandan Colvin) Sun Only w/Director

AMC Pacific Place:

Lost & Love (Peng Sanyuan) Fri-Thurs
That Thing Called Tadhana (Antoinette Jadaone) Fri-Thurs
The Breakfast Club (John Hughes, 1985) Tues Only

Kirkland Parkplace Cinema:

The African Queen (John Huston, 1951) Fri-Sun
Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh) Fri-Thurs
What We Do in the Shadows (Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi) Fri-Thurs Our Preview

Regal Parkway Plaza:

It Follows (David Robert Mitchell) Fri-Thurs

Scarecrow Video Screening Lounge:

Moon (Duncan Jones, 2009) Fri Only
Men… (Doris Dörrie, 1985) Sat Only
Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, 1963) Sun Only
A City of Sadness (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1989) Mon Only
The Puppetmaster (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1993) Tues Only
Only Yesterday (Isao Takahata, 1991) Weds Only

Seattle Art Museum:

Touchez pas au grisbi (Jacques Becker, 1954) Thurs Only 35mm

Landmark Seven Gables:

Wild Tales (Damián Szifrón) Fri-Thurs Our Preview

SIFF Film Center:

Belle and Sebastian (Nicolas Vanier, 2013) Fri-Sun Only
Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev) Mon Only

AMC Southcenter:

The Breakfast Club (John Hughes, 1985) Tues Only

Sundance Cinemas Seattle:

It Follows (David Robert Mitchell) Fri-Thurs
Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh) Fri-Thurs
Like Sunday, Like Rain (Frank Whaley) 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