World of Wong Kar-Wai
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  • December 24, 2020 through January 27 (Wednesday)
New Restoration

Breathtakingly gorgeous … Dizzy with a nose-against-the-glass romantic spirit that has been missing from the cinema forever.”

Elvis Mitchell, New York Times

The wondrous Wong Kar-Wai graduated from Hong Kong hipster to mature international master with this moody, moving mood piece, but he’s ever the exhilarating visual stylist, and memory, regret, and the relentless passage of time remain his métier. Two of Asia’s most glamorous performers, Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (the latter winning Best Actor honours at Cannes), play neighbours in 1962 Hong Kong who come to suspect that their respective spouses are having an affair. As these two wounded souls begin spending time in each other’s company, intense feelings, largely unspoken and unacted upon, develop between them. Wong’s ravishing, erotically charged drama of repression is orchestrated through details of gesture, glance, setting, and clothing (check out Cheung’s amazing dresses!), and filtered through the dreamy mind’s eye of remembrance. In the Mood for Love is one of contemporary cinema’s most esteemed works.


Deep Focus: Wong Kar-Wai
January 7 (Thursday) 7:00 pm
Hosted online via Zoom. Registration: $8
This interactive visual lecture will explore the unique directorial style of Hong Kong’s best-loved auteur. A discussion and Q&A will follow.
Register for your ticket here.

Unmissable … An enthralling, enigmatic, romantic drama from Asia’s most influential auteur.”

Richard Corliss, Time

The film is achingly, shockingly beautiful … An evanescent masterwork.”

Manohla Dargis, L.A. Weekly
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Note

In observance of the updated provincial health orders, The Cinematheque theatre will remain closed until further notice. We look forward to rescheduling in-person screenings for this retrospective at a later date.