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Ang Lee Knows Best: A Triple Bill

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Perhaps the director who most perfectly embodies the crossover between the East and the West, Taiwan-born, long-time US resident Ang Lee is a filmmaker of impressive versatility, with a remarkable eye for generational conflict and the idiosyncrasies that demarcate cultural difference and overlap. We are excited to present two of his earliest works, both warm yet incisive studies on the family institution and both part of his “Father Knows Best” thematic trilogy, next to one of his major triumphs, Golden Lion winner, sumptuous espionage thriller Lust, Caution. From World War II Shanghai to 90s New York, Lee’s characters are fleshed out with a level of sophistication rarely encountered in contemporary cinema and never fail to inhabit unexplored and complex, yet immensely relatable, emotional universes.

Eat Drink Man Woman

Ang Lee Taiwan, 1994

We conclude our Ang Lee triple feature with one of the great films made about the near-spiritual quality of food. Lee’s rich family comedy illustrates the lives of a father and his three daughters with separate plots that come to a head at the dinner table in a celebration of the power of cuisine.

The Wedding Banquet

Ang Lee United States, 1993

Long before his Academy Award wins, Ang Lee made his sophomore film, subsequently thrusting him closer to the world of Hollywood for a rare, complex understanding of family. Boldly tackling queer themes at a time when it was still taboo, The Wedding Banquet is a lovely, acute, underrated comedy.

Lust, Caution

Ang Lee China, 2007

Nearly a decade after Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and following the worldwide success of Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee won a rare second—and consecutive!—Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for this erotic espionage period film: an ambitiously conceived, pristinely realised political thriller.

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