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Stray Dogs

Jiao you
Director: Tsai Ming-liang

France, Taiwan, Drama, 2013, 138 min, chineese with english and lithuanian subtitles, N-13

Imbued with mystery, sly humour, and an enormous heart, the latest film from visionary director Tsai Ming-liang links together a series of sumptuously composed scenes that tell the story of a broken family living on the margins of Taipei society.
A father and his two children wander the margins of modern day Taipei, from the woods and rivers of the outskirts to the rain streaked streets of the city. By day the father scrapes out a meager income as a human billboard for luxury apartments, while his young son and daughter roam the supermarkets and malls surviving off free food samples. Each night the family takes shelter in an abandoned building. The father is strangely affected by a hypnotic mural adorning the wall of this makeshift home. On the day of the father’s birthday the family is joined by a woman—might she be the key to unlocking the buried emotions that linger from the past?

About the director:

Tsai Ming-liang was born in 1957, in Kuching, Malaysia. He studied drama and cinema at the Chinese Culture University of Taiwan. Along with Edward Yang and Hou Hsiao-hsien, Tsai Ming-liang became one of Taiwan’s most prominent directors during the 1990s. His films regularly appeared in festivals around the globe and he received lavish praise from film critics worldwide. He directed his first feature in 1992, Rebels of the Neon God, which, with its tough but tender depictions of disaffected youth, earned him comparisons to Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Tsai’s honors include the FIPRESCI award at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival for The Hole, the Silver Bear at the 1996 Berlin Film Festival for The River, the Golden Lion at the 1994 Venice Film Festival for Vive L’Amour.

Awards:

2013 – Grand Jury Prize at the Venice International Film Festival (Italija).

 

Section: Wide Angle

Screenplay: Tsai Ming-liang, Tung Chen Yu, Song Peng Fei

Dir. of Photography: Liao Pen Jung, Sung Wen Zhong

Cast: Lee Kang Sheng, Lee Yi Cheng, Lee Yi Chieh, Lu Yi Ching, Chen Shiang Chyi