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Kelab Seni Filem

September 1999 Screenings

Venue: HELP Institute
Time: 8 pm
Please note that because of administrative reasons, screening days have been changed to Mondays and Saturdays!

Mon 6 Sep
Hana-bi (Fireworks)
Takeshi Kitano; Japan, 1997, 103 min., col.
Two cops Horibe and Nishi leave the force, the former after suffering a serious injury and the latter to take a trip with his ailing wife. However, the excesses of life and death, and violence and tranquility continue to impinge on their lives. These elements are beautifully juxtaposed by cult director Kitano in this superbly edited film, his most ambitious to date. The film also offers dry wit, sight gags, and beautiful paintings by the director himself. Winner of the Golden Lion at the 1997 Venice Film Festival.

Mon 13 Sep
Breaking the Waves
Lars von Trier; Denmark-France, 1996, 159 min., col.
Set in the 1970s in the northwest coast of Scotland, this justly popular romantic melodrama tells the strange love story of a young girl and her oil-rig worker husband. After he is crippled in an accident, she agrees to keep up her relationship with him through random proxy. Dealing with such weighty subjects like love, faith, sacrifice and miracles, this film is emotionally draining, but is distinguished by daring camera techniques and beautiful cinematography which underlines the stark contrast between the characters' passions and the timeless, wild beauty of the Scottish landscape. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Cannes in 1996.

International Film Festival
The International Film Festival will be held between 27 September and 11 October. It will be open only to Kelab members. We are hoping to invite Tsai Ming-Liang for a personal appearance in conjunction with the screening of a number of his films. Also present will be the documentarist Christine Choy, who made the influential film Who Killed Vincent Chin? There will also be a seminar and a film appreciation workshop. The full programme will be sent to members by post.