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

The inaugural volume – Hou Hsiao-hsien (Vienna: Österreichisches Filmmuseum and New York: Columbia University Press, 2014) – has been published through a partnership between the Austrian Film Museum and Columbia University Press. 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 2016:

Also like Life: the Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

 International retrospective organized by Richard I. Suchenski, in collaboration with the Taipei Cultural Center, the Taiwan Film Institute, and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

Reviews/Press Coverage: The Wall Street Journal, David Bordwell, Asia Society ChinaFile, Artforum, H-Net, Film Quarterly, Asian Cinema, Fandor Keyframe, Jugend ohne filme (German), The Arts Fuse

Awards: Nominee for the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Best Edited Collection Award, Nominee for the Kraszna-Krausz Best Moving Image Book Award

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