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H'"'Y 0..1<>. Hong Koni
Kart•k. Fntnce
Olr...a Ketth·M•tchell. UK
Prakash Khanal. Nep,al
J May Lee Ban·ott. USA
Jasleen Kandhan. UK
lola LCM, S•ogapore
Marbn LOrber, USA
Fthppo SaiVI&U. ftoly
OIMa Sand. USA
Stepf\&n•e Tasch, Germany
Tsang. UK
and Admnstraoon
Asian Aft PleWII)ICiref
Hou Hsiao-Hsien
STILL from the f•lm C8f6 Lumfttre by Hou Hsiao·Hsien
ASIAN ART NI \\"WAPI R.. Within the
I-HI file )Urt, unda Prnidc-ftt Chen Shua.
bt.1n from the l>cmoCf'atic Pros,rcn1YC
P.uty (llJlPJ • wcicty hn become
poluilcd by communal politics. it lool..s
like • rc·turn to the situ.auon in 194"'.
"h1ch i1 the background to
'1989). 1n lime-\
Our u1h1ic pu,...,uits
mu'1 on The) mu'' 'lt;&) to
..oclct) And \\C mu..t conl.lnuc 10 upho1d
Ju,tKC and faime.,.5 1t b 1rue ch:u 1he politi·
cal 'hu:.uion in Tliw;an fDOf'C:
complc'> Jn,te:ad of people, politi·
ci:an .. ••.c.··c:m on I) • in con..,olid:at·
lnft pc>\\ er \".tlue) ha\e become distorted.
Tile) ha\C the (:act th:at wh:ate\-er
the) do will ha\c an bearing on
u ... lf )Ott pur .. uc communal it will
become   :1 .. p:art of the clt:Ct oral
cullurt:. Ucfon: Chen and the OI'P, when
( KMT) W;t) in power, the
c<.·onomlc hoo•n !ll!turge of social
cncrg)' that carried u .. through. In tunl,
the cncrtt)' WU:\ :'1'\0 what the opposition
thf'l vcd on. To be fuir, KM1' did not resolve
HOU HSIAO·HSIEN"a sixth nomination tor tha Palmo d'Or In Cannes was for The Best of Our Times was the (.:Ornmun:d bl!tUCl!t when it was du.: ruling
announced n tow days before ho attended the 18th Singapore International Film Festival (SIFF), whoro party. ' l'ocby, In my opinion, the polari t)"
ho ..... tho &ubjoct of o10 Official retrospective. The Taiwanese director had not planned to partlclpnte ha' become vcrr pronOlUlCCd. '1\trnout of
1n CDnntta, howent, v.hen filming ended the jury in..,ited him to submit a 30-minute of his lll(){lcr.uc \ Oien- in the 200 • prc:)identi:tl
nomination. HiS f1lm lt a continuation of the working relationship between Hou HSI30·htlen and election .. w;a .. 'Cf) low_
attron Shu Qt who nrat appenred In Millennium Mambo (2001). used to tho pace and jump cutt of Hon• The pn:...cnt h rJther uncxpcct·
Konc cinema, Shu Qa had not teen pro..,lously In the way Hou captured her on film. Since then, Shu cd- \\c art.• .. t;attln,K W -,.ee I he r<."alh} hc.:hind
(11 haa repoatedfy aaked tho 57-year·old director to make another film. Hou started writing the acupt latt our cru"·'ll".tlt t i e' '" ath Chln:t Ckarl), :tn·
Ooc:omber, ba'MCI on Shu Ql'a Pt.)'Cholo&Jeal atat.o' then 11nd the stories In which she was Tho t.t.)tUili'm or ...m " ill ne>
rHut\ Boat of Our Tlmoa, '"whic:h Shu Ql and Chanc Chen play thr .. different or•• Wtt.n "h<'R" Hu..,anc ... ...ucn m.lll) of v.·bom pro-
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A Tribute to
Chen Yifei ( 1946-2005)
12 October - 12 November 2005
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