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Behind the Viewfinder

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A unique series featuring films from three renowned international directors, each one paired with a documentary examining the life and work of the filmmakers themselves, providing deeper insight into the remarkable art of directors Jia Zhangke, Béla Tarr, and Hou Hsiao-Hsien. Hailing from China, Hungary, and Taiwan respectively, these visionary artists stand among the most influential artists in contemporary world cinema.

Flowers of Taipei: Taiwan New Cinema

Chinlin Hsieh Taiwan, 2014

Following the sublime Three Times, we offer a documentary portrait providing context of both director Hou Hsiao-hsien’s artistry and a thorough perspective on the landmark New Taiwan Cinema to which he belonged. An essential document of one of 20th century cinema’s most significant chapters.

Three Times

Hou Hsiao-hsien Taiwan, 2005

Our “Behind the Viewfinder” series continues with the star of New Taiwanese Cinema, Hou Hsiou-hsien. This triptych of stories of a single couple’s love—and heartbreak—across three eras of his country’s history showcases the director’s effortless evocation of the sublimity of every living moment.

Tarr Béla, I Used to Be a Filmmaker

Jean-Marc Lamoure France, 2013

Following the profound existential descent that is Béla Tarr’s final film (we hope otherwise!), we offer this rare glimpse behind the curtains of The Turin Horse and its singular spiritual vision. The filmmakers smartly approach Tarr as he does his own subjects: with patience, grace, and lucidity.

The Turin Horse

Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky Hungary, 2011

Forget the explosions of blockbusters: the most truly apocalyptic vision of the decade comes from Hungarian master Béla Tarr. The Turin Horse, his swan song, is a spiraling journey to the brink of existence, a ferociously evocative masterpiece that is one of the key films of the century thus far.

Jia Zhang-ke, a Guy from Fenyang

Walter Salles Brazil, 2014

Following yesterday’s showing of A Touch of Sin we turn to an essential portrait of its filmmaker, the great 6th Generation Chinese auteur Jia Zhangke. Made by another world-renowned filmmaker, Walter Salles (Central Station), it offers rare insight and access by traveling with Jia to his hometown.

A Touch of Sin

Jia Zhangke China, 2013

Today we launch a new series, “Behind the Viewfinder,” which pairs great movies by some of today’s best international artists—Jia Zhangke, Belá Tarr, and Hou Hsiao-hsien—with documentaries about those filmmakers. We begin with a firebrand combo of neo-realism and a tale of bloody vengeance from Jia.

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