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Dust in the Wind

When: Mon., Jan. 24, 7 p.m. 2011

If you frequented art house cinema in New York in the 1990s, as I did, you were bound to encounter works of the Taiwanese New Wave. Like a lot of film "movements," it really consisted of three filmmakers: Edward Yang, Tsai Ming-liang and the generation's foremost figure, Hou Hsiao-Hsien. Hou was the key formalist of the three, specializing in a minimalist, realistic style that defied traditional narrative expectations. Instead, his camera movements and compositions became as integral to his work as any other story element. On of his key works is Dust in the Wind, from 1987, which tells the story of a teenage couple who migrate to Taipei from the dismal mining town of their childhood. The film is both a meditation on the travails of youth and a portrait of Taiwanese society at a particular moment. Those who are suckers for youthful—and sometimes politically tinged—ardor and melancholy in the movies will want to catch this. A roundtable disussion will follow with area professors Richard Cante (UNC), Maria Pramaggiore (N.C. State), Rey Chow and Guo-Juin Hong (both Duke). A 35-mm print will be shown, and admission is free at 7 p.m. —David Fellerath

Price: Free

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