This quietly provocative consideration of the mechanized sublime follows photographer Edward Burtynsky as he travels through China and Bangladesh recording large-scale industrial incursions into the landscape.
Based on a song by legendary singer Teresa Teng, this romance about two mainland Chinese immigrants (Maggie Cheung and Leon Lai) in Hong Kong and then New York City won Best Picture, Director, and Actress at the Hong Kong Film Awards.
“For decades Nathaniel Dorsky has been making works of rare and sometimes startling beauty” (New York Times). He presents his latest, Abaton and Elohim, along with two hand-painted films by Stan Brakhage.
Maggie Cheung stars in Stanley Kwan’s modernist biopic on the life and tragic early death of Chinese film star Ruan Lingyu. “A masterpiece . . . the greatest Hong Kong film I've seen” (Jonathan Rosenbaum).
Based on the 1853 memoir of a Northern black man kidnapped into slavery, Gordon Parks’s made-for-TV drama predates 12 Years a Slave by almost three decades. It has “a somber lyricism that’s hard to shake” (Bilge Ebiri).
Hong Kong action maestro Tsui Hark delivers a wildly over-the-top wuxia fantasy about two snake sisters (Maggie Cheung and Joey Wang) so fascinated (or disgusted) with mankind that they take human form.