L. Cohen / Goodbye, Dragon Inn
Fri 10/27/2023 • 7:30PM PDT
Billy Wilder Theater
Admission is free. No advance reservations. Your seat will be assigned to you when you pick up your ticket at the box office. Seats are assigned on a first come, first served basis. The box office opens one hour before the event.
Settle in and watch and listen as a scene at an Oregon farm unfolds before the camera from legendary filmmaker and visual artist, James Benning. Never moving the camera and culminating in a most exquisite reward for the patient viewer, L. Cohen captures an unusual day where the landscape is a function of time that requires us to slow down to witness the extraordinary.
DCP, color, 48 min. Director: James Benning.
Goodbye, Dragon Inn
An old Taipei cinema is set to close. Its final denizens, a small and lonely group of strangers, settle into disparate corners and mental spaces, as King Hu’s Dragon Inn (1967) plays on screen for the last time. In Tsai Ming-liang’s meditative feature there is an understanding that the audience (both in the picture and those of us watching) are participating in the runtime — that time is both experienced on and off screen. As the film plays, there is a sense of time running out, masterfully demonstrating our relationship to the sacred spaces that hold our attention, even for a few moments.
DCP, color, in Mandarin and Min Nan with English subtitles, 82 min. Director: Tsai Ming-liang. Screenwriter: Tsai Ming-liang With: Kang-sheng Lee, Shiang-chyi Chen, Kiyonobu Mitamura.