Film program: In the Mood for Wong Kar-wai

Date

From 16 May 2021 to 27 August 2021

Place

Garage Screen summer cinema
Film program: In the Mood for Wong Kar-waiFilm program: In the Mood for Wong Kar-wai

DESCRIPTION

Films by the Hong Kong master in a new quality and edits.

Garage Screen announces a series of screenings of films by Wong Kar-wai, the restoration of which he has been working on for the past five years. The program features eight restored pictures by the Hong Kong director, including the Russian premieres of As Tears Go By, Days of Being Wild, Fallen Angels, Happy Together, and 2046, the director's cut of The Hand, as well as In the Mood for Love and Chungking Express. Films that long remained unavailable in theaters finally return to the big screen, reminiscent of something that seems irrevocably gone today, that is, cinema as a personal and even idiosyncratic utopia, for both the director and the viewer.

Paradoxically enough, the work of Wong Kar-wai is located not only at the intersection of East and West, Hong Kong and Hollywood, traditional genre and explosive auteur style, postmodernism and romanticism, cinephilia and inspirational experimentation. Perhaps its most essential property is the combination of "passionarity" and fragility, obsession and vulnerability, its highly cinematic (illusionary and seductive) nature mixed with the dramatic awareness of any illusion's temporality.

Kar-wai's movies seem to embed cinema excessively: his playing with rhythm, narrative, and time; flashbacks and memories; experimentations with angles and color, the speed and sensitivity of imagery; the instantly catching music interventions, costumes, and interiors. Let alone the enchanting plots and heroes, blurring the line between present-day reality and the mythologized past, between popular culture and the sublime classics. Or, alternatively, between high and pop genres ranging from noir and gangster thriller to melodrama and science fiction.

On the other hand, Kar-wai's extreme and even excessive cinematography is imbued with a deep melancholy, which destroys stylistic utopia from the inside, preventing escapism— both the viewer's and that towards which his protagonists often incline. His "cinematic, too cinematic" films leave the spectator with a sense of longing and loss—the profound emotions from which Wong Kar-wai's sensual cinema derives.

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tickets

Standard: 450 rubles
Student: 350 rubles*

 GARAGE cardholders:  225 RUB.

Tickets for seniors, veterans, large families, under 18s, and visitors with disabilities (with one carer): 225 RUB**

We recommend that you buy tickets in advance. All ticket categories are available online.

* Students aged 18–25 on production of relevant ID
** Please show proof of eligibility at the cinema entrance

Schedule

Premiere: Days of Being Wild

Petty gangster Yuddy leaves his ex-girlfriend, the naive saleswoman Su Li-zhen, for the eccentric dancer Mimi. In this broken-hearted state, Su is found on Yuddy's porch by the silent but caring policeman 6117, with whom she develops a friendship that never grows into anything more serious. Meanwhile, Yuddy learns from his adoptive mother, a former prostitute Rebecca, that his biological mother is a Filipino aristocrat and decides to find her at all costs. 

Date
Sunday, May 16
Time
20:30–22:10
Place
Garage Screen summer cinema

Presentation of the In the Mood for Wong Kar-Wai program and premiere of The Hand

Representing Wong Kar-wai’s finest cinematography, The Hand is the protagonist’s painful flashback of many years of unrequited love. Initially included in the almanac on love and sex entitled Eros (2004), Kar-wai later made a new, extended, and re-edited version of the picture telling the story of a submissive tailor and his arrogant client, a call girl losing her beauty.

The Russian premiere of the restored director’s cut will be introduced by Garage Screen curator Yevgeny Gusyatinsky.

Date
Monday, May 17
Time
20:30–22:00
Place
Garage Screen summer cinema

Premiere: As Tears Go By

Wah (Andy Lau) is a Hong Kong mob debt collector, well respected but not ambitious in the slightest. His impulsive junior subordinate Fly (Jacky Cheung), contrarily, is constantly getting into debt but has a lot of ambitions. Unexpectedly, Wah is visited by his cousin Ngor (Maggie Cheung), who he has never met before, who comes to Hong Kong for an operation. As a mutual affection flares up between them, Fly involves Wah in trouble, from which none of them may be able to escape. Following a successful release in cinemas in Hong Kong, Wong Kar-wai's debut feature film was screened within the Directors' Fortnight at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival. Garage Screen presents the Russian premiere of its restored version.

Date
Wednesday, May 19
Time
21:00–22:50
Place
Garage Screen summer cinema

Premiere: Fallen Angels

She memorizes the building’s plan—and he cleans up. He is a stylish hitman—and she is his model-thin crime partner. They never meet in person, communicating exclusively via faxes and jukeboxes to avoid affection. She lives in the same house as the third protagonist—a weird numb guy who escaped from prison. At night, he breaks into other people’s premises to sells various stuff, from meat to ice cream. Chungking Express’s dark counterpart, originally supposed to be its third story, Fallen Angels is one of the most underrated films of both Kar-wai’s rich filmography and 1990s cinema. Garage Screen presents the Russian premiere of the restored version of the film.

Date
Saturday, May 22
Time
21:00–22:40
Place
Garage Screen summer cinema

Premiere: As Tears Go By

Wah (Andy Lau) is a Hong Kong mob debt collector, well respected but not ambitious in the slightest. His impulsive junior subordinate Fly (Jacky Cheung), contrarily, is constantly getting into debt but has a lot of ambitions. Unexpectedly, Wah is visited by his cousin Ngor (Maggie Cheung), who he has never met before, who comes to Hong Kong for an operation. As a mutual affection flares up between them, Fly involves Wah in trouble, from which none of them may be able to escape. Following a successful release in cinemas in Hong Kong, Wong Kar-wai's debut feature film was screened within the Directors' Fortnight at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival. Garage Screen presents the Russian premiere of its restored version.

Date
Wednesday, May 26
Time
21:00–22:50
Place
Garage Screen summer cinema

Premiere: Happy Together

In an attempt to save their relationship, Ho Po-wing and Lai Yiu-fai move from Hong Kong to Buenos Aires. The monogamous Yiu-fai works as a security guard in a bar where Po-wing, constantly looking for new sex partners, brings his lovers. Capricious and persistent, impulsive and cautious, they are opposite in everything. Po-wing proposes to “start all over again” now and then, however, stirring up discord and dragging Yiu-fai into a whirlpool of unthinkably toxic relationships. Happy Together won Kar-wai the 1997 Cannes Film Festival Best Director award, cementing his status as an art-house superstar. Garage Screen presents the Russian premiere of the restored version of the film.

Date
Saturday, May 29
Time
21:00–22:40
Place
Garage Screen summer cinema

Film screening: Chungking Express

Two Hong Kong cops recovering after splitting up with their girlfriends fall in love again. 223 meets a mysterious woman wearing sunglasses, a beige trench coat, and a white wig in a bar, unaware that she is a drug smuggler. Meanwhile, 663 buys a salad day after day at a 24-hour eatery, where he meets Faye, a dreamy shop assistant. The two fleetingly intersecting stories—a noir comedy and a pure rom-com—combine for Wong Kar-wai's second-best-known film after In the Mood for Love, a picture full of unbridled energy and love for life that brought him worldwide recognition. Garage Screen presents the restored version of the movie.

Date
Monday, May 31
Time
21:00–22:50
Place
Garage Screen summer cinema

Film premiere: Days of Being Wild

Petty gangster Yuddy leaves his ex-girlfriend, the naive saleswoman Su Li-zhen, for the eccentric dancer Mimi. In this broken-hearted state, Su is found on Yuddy's porch by the silent but caring policeman 6117, with whom she develops a friendship that never grows into anything more serious. Meanwhile, Yuddy learns from his adoptive mother, a former prostitute Rebecca, that his biological mother is a Filipino aristocrat and decides to find her at all costs.

Date
Wednesday, June 2
Time
21:30–23:10
Place
Garage Screen summer cinema

Premiere: The Hand

As the dying Miss Hua asks her tailor Xiao Zhang “Remember how we met?” he recalls how once he came to Hua as an apprentice to hand over an order and learned that she worked as a call girl; how Hua seduced him and promised that he would always remember her hand; and how he fell madly in love with Hua, while she, despising his poverty, made him jealous. Representing Wong Kar-wai’s finest cinematography, The Hand is the protagonist’s melancholic recollection of unrequited love. Initially included in the almanac on love and sex entitled Eros (2004), Kar-wai later made a new, extended, and re-edited version of the picture. Garage Screen presents the Russian premiere of the restored director’s cut.

Date
Saturday, June 5
Time
21:30–22:30
Place
Garage Screen summer cinema

Film screening: In the Mood for Love

In 1960s’ Hong Kong, journalist Chow Mo-wang and secretary Su Li-zhen, who live in neighboring apartments, find out that their spouses are cheating on them. Looking for solace, they occasionally rent a hotel room and work together on martial arts novels. Realizing a romantic feeling arises between them, they agree not to copy their spouses and fall into somewhat a limbo, being in a forever ongoing state of falling in love.

Date
Saturday, June 5
Time
23:30–01:10
Place
Garage Screen summer cinema

Film screening: Fallen Angels

She memorizes the building’s plan—and he cleans up. He is a stylish hitman—and she is his model-thin crime partner. They never meet in person, communicating exclusively via faxes and jukeboxes to avoid affection. She lives in the same house as the third protagonist—a weird numb guy who escaped from prison. At night, he breaks into other people’s premises to sells various stuff, from meat to ice cream. Chungking Express’s dark counterpart, originally supposed to be its third story, Fallen Angels is one of the most underrated films of both Kar-wai’s rich filmography and 1990s cinema. Garage Screen presents the Russian premiere of the restored version of the film.

Date
Wednesday, June 9
Time
22:00–23:40
Place
Garage Screen summer cinema

Premiere: 2046

Writer Chow lives in room number 2047 and composes a fantasy short story. Its protagonist is the only passenger of a futuristic train who managed to escape from a place called 2046, where nothing changes and from where no one has ever returned. As one might easily guess, this is an autobiographical story: a few years ago, Chow used to spend hours in the oppositely located room 2046, writing martial arts novels together with a woman named Su, whom he lost but cannot forget. He sees fragments of her in his three current lovers: one, the gambler, has the same name; the second, a call girl, wears similar qipaos; the third, a dreamer, is fond of martial arts novels. Chow tries as hard he can to escape from 2046—and by all means, return there. 

Date
Saturday, June 12
Time
22:00–00:10
Place
Garage Screen summer cinema

Film screening: Happy Together

In an attempt to save their relationship, Ho Po-wing and Lai Yiu-fai move from Hong Kong to Buenos Aires. The monogamous Yiu-fai works as a security guard in a bar where Po-wing, constantly looking for new sex partners, brings his lovers. Capricious and persistent, impulsive and cautious, they are opposite in everything. Po-wing proposes to “start all over again” now and then, however, stirring up discord and dragging Yiu-fai into a whirlpool of unthinkably toxic relationships. Happy Together won Kar-wai the 1997 Cannes Film Festival Best Director award, cementing his status as an art-house superstar. Garage Screen presents the Russian premiere of the restored version of the film.

Date
Wednesday, June 16
Time
22:00–23:40
Place
Garage Screen summer cinema

Film screening: Chungking Express

Two fleetingly intersecting stories—a noir comedy and a rom-com—combine for Wong Kar-wai's second most popular film after In the Mood for Love, a picture of unbridled energy and love for life that brought him worldwide recognition. Two Hong Kong police officers, going through a breakup with their girlfriends, fall in love again: 223, with a nameless blonde femme fatale, 663 with the dreamy shop-girl Faye.

Date
Sunday, June 20
Time
22:00–23:50
Place
Garage Screen summer cinema

Film screening: 2046

Writer Chow lives in room number 2047 and composes a fantasy short story. Its protagonist is the only passenger of a futuristic train who managed to escape from a place called 2046, where nothing changes and from where no one has ever returned. As one might easily guess, this is an autobiographical story: a few years ago, Chow used to spend hours in the oppositely located room 2046, writing martial arts novels together with a woman named Su, whom he lost but cannot forget. He sees fragments of her in his three current lovers: one, the gambler, has the same name; the second, a call girl, wears similar qipaos; the third, a dreamer, is fond of martial arts novels. Chow tries as hard he can to escape from 2046—and by all means, return there.

Date
Wednesday, June 23
Time
22:00–00:10
Place
Garage Screen summer cinema