Two short films by Tsai Ming-Liang and João Pedro Rodrigues
for the Semaine de la Critique Closing Night
A section aiming to seek out new talents, La Semaine de la Critique has always been particularly interested in short film, even when it’s an experimental field for renowned filmmakers. For the Closing Night of its a 51st edition, La Semaine pays tribute to Tsai Ming-Liang and João Pedro Rodrigues’ works on short formats with two films questioning temporality in urban spaces.
Tsai Ming-Liang belongs to the generation who has put Taiwanese films on the world map. His films have won many awards, including the 1994 Golden Lion (Vive L’Amour, 1994), and the Silver Bear for Wayward Cloud (2004). His films The Hole (1998), What Time Is It There? (2001) then Face in 2009 were presented in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival. He has recently started to produce the young generation of Asian filmmakers and continues to question his work by exploring theater, fine arts and short films.
João Pedro Rodrigues is the greatest discovery out of Portuguese cinema within the last few years. He’s most promising and most innovative in his work which explores confused sexual identities. First discovered at the 1997 Mostra de Venise with his short Parabéns! then his feature O Fantasma in 2001, he followed these with Odete, presented at the 2005 Directors’ Fortnight which won the Cinémas de recherche Prize. In 2009, he directed To Die Like a Man, a drama about transvestites in Lisboa presented at Un Certain Regard (Cannes Film Festival). This year, João Pedro Rodrigues is also the President of the Nikon Discovery Award for a short film.
Walker by Tsai Ming-Liang and Manhã de Santo António by João Pedro Rodrigues will be presented on Thursday, May 24th during the Closing Night of the 51st Semaine de la Critique.