This week at SFC:Three TImes
FERNANDES INDUSTRIAL CENTRE
EASTERN MAIN ROAD
PORT OF SPAIN
Thursday September 3rd
8:15 pm doors open 7:30 for short films
Three Times (Hou Hsiao-hsien/Taiwan/2005/120')
Does anyone make more rapturously beautiful films than Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien? Maybe so, but you’d never believe it after seeing this ravishing new triumph about the melancholy play of time and memory. The action is broken into three different love stories, each set in a different era—a 1966 pool hall, a prosperous 1911 brothel, and rocking present-day Taipei—but starring the same lead actors, the impossibly glamorous Shu Qi and Chang Chen. While these stories deliberately echo his earlier works, Hou uses them to chart the transformation of Taiwanese life, love, and the relationship between men and women over the last hundred years. He captures all this with the poetic intensity that has come to define his work—an absolute mastery of space and rhythm and a humane tenderness that suffuses every frame.