Two solitary souls finds common ground as the master of slow cinema is back with yet another delicate and profound poem on the human need for connection, or as an ode to loneliness.
Nominated for Editing
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Nominated for Cinematography
Original Title: Rimi Director: Tsai Ming-liang Country: Taiwan, France Year: 2020 Duration: 127 min Producer: Claude Wang

The great Taiwanese filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang has been directing exquisite examinations of alienation, isolation, and the fleeting beauty of human connection featuring his muse Lee Kang-sheng for decades. His latest film, DAYS, will undoubtedly stand as one of his best, sparest, and most intimate works. Lee once again stars as a variation on himself, wandering through a lonely urban landscape and seeking treatment in Hong Kong for a chronic illness; at the same time, a young Laotian immigrant working in Bangkok, played by Anong Houngheuangsy, goes about his daily routine. These two solitary men eventually come together in a moment of healing, tenderness, and sexual release. Among the most cathartic entries in Tsai’s filmography, DAYS is a work of longing, constructed with the director’s customary brilliance at visual composition and shot with profound empathy.

Before the screening there will be an extensive and exciting introduction by dedicated fan and Tsai Ming-liang specialist Helene Eggen, talking about Ming-liangs cinematic universe and slow cinema.

The film is co-repreented by Kunstnernes Hus Kino.

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Tsai is the most sensual, sensitive and sombre filmmaker of this generation. He sees the human body as a mysterious, malleable and vulgar machine, and seeks to strip naked the sensory functions of the human body through his work. His films often absent of narrative and dialogue and composed of slow and long takes, present life in its truest form, showing us the helplessness of humans, their desire, emptiness and loneliness. His lens, long fixated on Lee Kang-sheng, is in fact, fixated on life itself.

Born in Malaysia in 1957, Tsai Ming-Liang premiered his debut feature, Rebels of the Born in Malaysia in 1957, Tsai Ming-liang premiered his debut feature, Rebels of the Neon God, at the Berlinale in 1992. His sophomore film, Vive L'amour (1994), won the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival while The River (1996) won the JuryAward at Berlin, thus solidifying his status as a major filmmaker.

"Three years ago, I met a Laotian worker in Bangkok. Via our video chat, I saw him cooking his hometown foods in his rather shabby room. I felt compelled to fly over and film him. And just like that, I began making another film."


The Hole (1998)
Ni na bian ji dian (2001)
Bu san (2003)