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CMIA pairs major traveling retrospectives with a new series of monographic studies. Hou Hsiao-hsien

The inaugural volume – Richard I. Suchenski, ed., Hou Hsiao-hsien (Vienna: Österreichisches Filmmuseum and New York: Columbia University Press, 2014) has been published through a partnership between the Austrian Film Museum, Columbia University Press, and CMIA. Released in conjunction with a comprehensive retrospective initiated and organized by Center director Richard I. Suchenski, it includes original interviews, production documents, and contributions from scholars, filmmakers, and critics in Taiwan, China, Japan, France, and North America.

The mission statement for the book is below:

For younger critics and audiences, Taiwanese cinema has a special status, comparable to that of Italian Neorealism or the French New Wave for earlier generations, a cinema that was and is in the midst of introducing an innovative sensibility and a fresh perspective.  Hou Hsiao-hsien is the most important and influential Taiwanese filmmaker and his sensuous, richly nuanced work is at the heart of everything that is vigorous and genuine in contemporary film culture. An heir to the great modernist legacy – with its use of elegantly staged long takes, the performance of many non-actors, and a radically, even vertiginously, elliptical mode of storytelling – Hou’s work does place unusual demands on the viewer, but its sophistication is understated and its formal innovations are irreducibly bound up with the sympathetic observation of everyday experience. By combining multiple forms of tradition with a uniquely cinematic approach to space and time, Hou has created a body of work that, through its stylistic originality and historical gravity, opens up new possibilities for the medium. 

Contributors: Lung Ying-tai (Minister of Culture, Taiwan), Peggy Chiao (Graduate Director, Graduate Institute of Filmmaking at Taipei National University of the Arts), Jean-Michel Frodon (Former Editor, Cahiers du cinéma), Hasumi Shigehiko (Former President, University of Tokyo), Kent Jones (Artistic Director, World Cinema Foundation and Director of Programming, New York Film Festival), Jean Ma (Associate Professor of Art and Art History, Stanford University), Ni Zhen (Professor, Beijing Film Academy), Abé Markus Nornes (Chair, Department of Screen Arts and Cultures, University of Michigan), James Quandt (Senior Programmer, Toronto International Film Festival Cinematheque and Critic, Artforum), Richard I. Suchenski (Director, Center for Moving Image Arts and Assistant Professor, Film and Electronic Arts, Bard College), Wen Tien-hsiang (CEO, Golden Horse Film Festival and Chair, Taiwanese Film Critics Association), James Udden (Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Gettysburg College); directors Olivier Assayas (France), Chung Mong-hong (Taiwan), Jia Zhang-ke (China), and Koreeda Hirokazu (Japan); interviews with Hou Hsiao-hsien, Chu Tien-wen (screenwriter), Mark Lee Ping-bin (cinematographer), Chen Huai-en (cinematographer), Liao Ching-sung (editor), Tu Duu-chih (sound), Hwarng Wern-ying (production designer/producer), Ichiyama Shōzō (producer), Chen Kuo-fu (director/producer), and Jack Kao (actor)

The associated retrospective will travel to prominent venues around the world through 2015:

Also like Life: the Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

 International retrospective organized by Richard I. Suchenski (Director, Center for Moving Image Arts at Bard College) in collaboration with Amber Wu (Taipei Cultural Center, NY) and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

Participating venues:
  • Austrian Film Museum (Vienna) [May 30-June 22, 2014]
  • Center for Moving Image Arts at Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, New York) [September 2-December 9, 2014]
  • Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria, New York) [September 12-October 12, 2014]
    • Panel discussion and book event at Columbia University [September 12, 2014]
  • Harvard Film Archive (Cambridge, Massachusetts) [October 2-November 3, 2014]
  • Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley, California) [October 10-December 14, 2014]
    • Presentation and book event at the Pacific Film Archive/University of California, Berkeley (November 14)
  • Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Art, and the AFI Silver (Washington D.C.) [November 2-December 21, 2014]
    • Presentations and book events at the National Gallery of Art (December 6) and the Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution (December 7)
  • George Eastman House (Rochester, New York) [November 14-December 19, 2014]
  • Toronto International Film Festival Cinematheque [January-February 2015]
  • Pacific Cinematheque (Vancouver) [January-February 2015]
  • Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago) [March 2015]
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University [April 2015]
  • Cleveland Cinematheque [May 2015]
  • British Film Institute (London) [September 2015]
  • São Paulo International Film Festival [October 2015]
  • National Museum of Singapore [2015]

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