Directors' Showcase / UK premiere

Journey to the West (Xi You)

  • Tsai Ming-liang /
  • France, Taiwan /
  • 2013 /
  • 56 mins

Lee Kang Sheng, Denis Lavant / Fiction / Mandarin

A powerful meditation on spiritual life and urban time and space.

A Buddhist monk in a bright red robe walks barefoot through the streets, subways and public squares of Marseille. His pace is incredibly slow, his concentration inflexible. Eventually, a follower appears to take up his path... A hypnotic and staggeringly beautiful episode in Tsai Ming-liang's on-going "Walker" series of films (see also Letters from the South, page 37). [PG]

This film screens with Wang Bing’s short film Traces (2014), a powerful visual study of the site of the Jiabiangou forced labour camp in the Gobi desert. (China, France/24 min)

2014 Archive

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