A sprawling cast, set against a backdrop of political and social turmoil in early-’60s Taiwan, forms the basis for Edward Yang’s masterpiece, which features the film —who has since become one of China’s biggest stars—as Xiao Si’r, a 14-year-old torn between a life of juvenile delinquency or a more traditional path. Rival gangs roam the streets and their small, loaded dramas play out in rock clubs and the schoolyard, as the influence of the West not so subtly creeps in. Best known to American audiences as the filmmaker behind the sprawling, melancholic and beautiful Yi Yi (2000), Yang was a key member of the new Taiwanese cinema of the ‘80s and ‘90s alongside Tsai Ming-Liang and Hou Hsiao-Hsien. “A Brighter Summer Day does what few films can, which is to show the ephemerality of people and the permanence of places—after four hours, every classroom and courtyard, brick gymnasium and clay tennis court, feels thick with human residue.”—Mark Asch, The L Magazine. (237 mins., DCP, Taiwanese with English subtitles)
April 9 – Saturday 3 pm
A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY is being presented as part of the Northwest Film Center’s (Re)Discoveries: New Restorations, New Prints series. As cinema moves into its second century, the preservation of classic films is finding new life through digital technology and collaborative efforts by film archives and studios worldwide. At the same time, appreciation for the glories of 35mm film prints and the opportunity for new generations to see the originals on the big screen remains a distinct pleasure. The Film Center is pleased to present this selection of iconic classics enjoying a second life via restoration or preservation, either by digital magic or lovingly made film prints. We hope you’ll discover something new, or see a longtime favorite in an entirely new light.
The Northwest Film Center is a regional media arts organization offering a variety of exhibition, education programs, and artist services throughout the region. The Center presents a program of foreign, classic, experimental, and independent works year-round at the Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum. For more information, visit www.nwfilm.org.