Tsai Ming-Liang, the Time of Desire
Tsai Ming-Liang, the Time of Desire

The Wayward Cloud, Tsai Ming-Liang, 2005

Tsai Ming-Liang, the Time of DesireTsai Ming-Liang, the Time of Desire
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January

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February

A master of contemplative cinema, Tsai Ming-Liang is the author of an abundant filmography that extends over three decades and bridges genres and formats. Born in Malaysia to a Chinese family, it was in Taiwan that he studied film and began his professional career. Today he is considered one of the greatest names in contemporary cinema, being celebrated for his meticulous handling of lighting and the passing of time.

Associated with Taiwan New Cinema — the movement led by filmmakers like Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Edward Yang — from early on he stood out for his depictions of urban solitude tinged with eroticism and desire, and for the enduring collaborations he established with a group of actors (who often play the same recurring characters). Lee Kang-Sheng, a constant presence in his work, is notable for his penetrating, silent performances within famously minimalist plots, usually set in desolate city landscapes.

In 2013, the filmmaker announced that he would retire from making narrative films and, since then, has explored the potential of exhibition spaces in museums and galleries — Visage was the first film to be added to the collections at the Louvre. This hiatus from cinema was not, however, definitive, and in 2020 Tsai Ming-Liang returned to the big screen with the feature film Days.

In January and February, we present a full retrospective of his fiction works for cinema, as well as a selection of his short and feature films that move beyond the limits of genre.

Full programme

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
O Sabor da Melancia (The Wayward Cloud), 2005
I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone, 2006
Visage, 2009
Stray Dogs, 2013
Afternoon, 2015
Sand, 2018
Days, 2020

Next screenings

Screenings

Adriana

,

2005
2720

,

2023
Camera Obscura

,

2023
Um Medo Com Duas Grandes Faces

,

2022
What Time Is It There?

,

2001
Reproduta Interdita

,

1990
Tierra en Trance

,

2022
The Winged Stone

,

2023
Tonalli

,

2021
El nido del Sol

,

2021
The Sun Quartet, Part 4: Far from Ayotzinapa

,

2017
The Sun Quartet, Part 2: San Juan River

,

2017
The Sun Quartet, Part 1: SunStone

,

2017
Coyolxauhqui

,

2017
Have You Seen?

,

2017
Impressions for a Light and Sound Machine

,

2014
Low-Flying Aircraft

,

2002
Rebels of the Neon God

,

1992
Phantom Beirut

,

1998
The River

,

1997
Curso de Hipnotismo para Artistas Emergentes

,

2021
A River Called Titas

,

1973
Wonderwall

,

1968
Vive l’amour

,

1994
Nowhere

,

1997
Kung Fu Master!

,

1988
Pacific Club

,

2023
Clubbed to Death (Lola)

,

1996
Playback. Ensayo de una despedida

,

2019
Wildness

,

2012
Imaginary Friends (excerpt)

,

2019
Cool Strangers in the Night

,

2024
The Driver’s Seat

,

1974
Souvenirs of Serge

,

2011
The Hole

,

1998
Álbuns da Terra — Linha de Tempo (Performance)
Os Amigos do Gaspar: Uma Reunião na Cidade

,

2023
The Last Bath

,

2020
The Wayward Cloud

,

2005
1971 Shei Shob Din

,

2023
2nd Person

,

2022
Friends After Dark

,

2016
Os Emissários de Khalôm

,

1988
Laura

,

2017
In the Darkness of the Night

,

2004
O Miradouro da Lua

,

1993
Days

,

2020
Stray Dogs

,

2013
Face

,

2009
Catraias

,

2023
Arco da Velha

,

2015
Não são Favas, são Feijocas

,

2013
La Piscine

,

1969
Boxes

,

2007
Dust

,

1985
Blow-Up

,

1966
La traversée

,

2021
Transfer

,

1966
Harmonica

,

1973
As Ilhas Encantadas

,

1965
Brief Encounters

,

1967
Fear and Desire

,

1952
Bubble Bath

,

1979
Orlando

,

1992
Suzhou River

,

2000
My 20th Century

,

1989
The Outsiders

,

1983
The Dupes

,

1973
Alex

,

1991
Crimes of the Future

,

2022
The Death of David Cronenberg

,

2021
Maps to the Stars

,

2014
Cosmopolis

,

2012
Dear Emma, Sweet Böbe

,

1992
Tetsuo: The Iron Man

,

1989
A Dangerous Method

,

2011
Eastern Promises

,

2007
A History of Violence

,

2005
Dragon Inn

,

1967
Sou Feia Mas Tô na Moda

,

2005
I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone

,

2006
Goodbye, Dragon Inn

,

2003
Everybody in the Place: An Incomplete History of Britain 1984–1992

,

2018
Scrooged

,

1988
The Ape Star

,

2021
House Was Born

,

2017
Shakedown

,

2018
A Short Film About Chilling...

,

1990
Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore

,

1999
Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem

,

2003
Tresor Tapes

,

2022
Modulations: Cinema for the Ear

,

1998
The Last Days of Disco

,

1998
Young Soul Rebels

,

1991
Ice Merchants

,

2022
Film-concert: The Voyager

,

2017
Film-concert: The Ravishing of Frank N. Stein

,

1982
Film-concert: Father and Daughter

,

2000
Nestor

,

2019
The Fly

,

1986

Families

Adriana

,

2005
2720

,

2023
Camera Obscura

,

2023
Um Medo Com Duas Grandes Faces

,

2022
What Time Is It There?

,

2001
Reproduta Interdita

,

1990
Tierra en Trance

,

2022
The Winged Stone

,

2023
Tonalli

,

2021
El nido del Sol

,

2021
The Sun Quartet, Part 4: Far from Ayotzinapa

,

2017
The Sun Quartet, Part 2: San Juan River

,

2017
The Sun Quartet, Part 1: SunStone

,

2017
Coyolxauhqui

,

2017
Have You Seen?

,

2017
Impressions for a Light and Sound Machine

,

2014
Low-Flying Aircraft

,

2002
Rebels of the Neon God

,

1992
Phantom Beirut

,

1998
The River

,

1997
Curso de Hipnotismo para Artistas Emergentes

,

2021
A River Called Titas

,

1973
Wonderwall

,

1968
Vive l’amour

,

1994
Nowhere

,

1997
Kung Fu Master!

,

1988
Pacific Club

,

2023
Clubbed to Death (Lola)

,

1996
Playback. Ensayo de una despedida

,

2019
Wildness

,

2012
Imaginary Friends (excerpt)

,

2019
Cool Strangers in the Night

,

2024
The Driver’s Seat

,

1974
Souvenirs of Serge

,

2011
The Hole

,

1998
Álbuns da Terra — Linha de Tempo (Performance)
Os Amigos do Gaspar: Uma Reunião na Cidade

,

2023
The Last Bath

,

2020
The Wayward Cloud

,

2005
1971 Shei Shob Din

,

2023
2nd Person

,

2022
Friends After Dark

,

2016
Os Emissários de Khalôm

,

1988
Laura

,

2017
In the Darkness of the Night

,

2004
O Miradouro da Lua

,

1993
Days

,

2020
Stray Dogs

,

2013
Face

,

2009
Catraias

,

2023
Arco da Velha

,

2015
Não são Favas, são Feijocas

,

2013
La Piscine

,

1969
Boxes

,

2007
Dust

,

1985
Blow-Up

,

1966
La traversée

,

2021
Transfer

,

1966
Harmonica

,

1973
As Ilhas Encantadas

,

1965
Brief Encounters

,

1967
Fear and Desire

,

1952
Bubble Bath

,

1979
Orlando

,

1992
Suzhou River

,

2000
My 20th Century

,

1989
The Outsiders

,

1983
The Dupes

,

1973
Alex

,

1991
Crimes of the Future

,

2022
The Death of David Cronenberg

,

2021
Maps to the Stars

,

2014
Cosmopolis

,

2012
Dear Emma, Sweet Böbe

,

1992
Tetsuo: The Iron Man

,

1989
A Dangerous Method

,

2011
Eastern Promises

,

2007
A History of Violence

,

2005
Dragon Inn

,

1967
Sou Feia Mas Tô na Moda

,

2005
I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone

,

2006
Goodbye, Dragon Inn

,

2003
Everybody in the Place: An Incomplete History of Britain 1984–1992

,

2018
Scrooged

,

1988
The Ape Star

,

2021
House Was Born

,

2017
Shakedown

,

2018
A Short Film About Chilling...

,

1990
Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore

,

1999
Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem

,

2003
Tresor Tapes

,

2022
Modulations: Cinema for the Ear

,

1998
The Last Days of Disco

,

1998
Young Soul Rebels

,

1991
Ice Merchants

,

2022
Film-concert: The Voyager

,

2017
Film-concert: The Ravishing of Frank N. Stein

,

1982
Film-concert: Father and Daughter

,

2000
Nestor

,

2019
The Fly

,

1986

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