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Directed by Tsai Ming-Liang

Taiwan 2018 76 mins. In Min Nan with subtitles

Master director Tsai’s latest experiment with heavily stripped down cinema is no less thrilling and enveloping than his earlier quasi-neorealist work of the 1990s and 2000s. Using the human face as the central conceit, Tsai thrillingly modulates our expectations of a talking-heads film, shooting unpredictable sessions with thirteen middle-aged or elderly collaborators (including his main actor Lee Kang-sheng). Some are talkative and share stories of their lives, others are content with different forms of communication. But what Tsai most shrewdly exposes is the opportunity to deeply study the human face, its beautiful features and perfect imperfections. Featuring a stunning minimalist electronic score by famed Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, Your Face is a welcome respite from the rapid-fire imagery bombarding us daily; an opportunity to luxuriate in simple conversation, or lack thereof.

Filmography: Rebels of the Neon God (1992), Vive L’Amour (1994), The River (1997), The Hole (1998), What Time Is It There? (2001), Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003), The Wayward Cloud (2005), I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone (2006), Face (2009), Stray Dogs (2012), Journey to the West (2014)

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