Thursday, October 21
(2020, DCP, 127m) dir Ming-liang Tsai w/Kang-sheng Lee, Anong Houngheuangsy. For his first feature film in seven years, Tsai Ming-liang continues his collaboration with Lee Kang-sheng, the actor who had starred in every one of his ten previous films, including Stray Dogs (2013), which Tsai had initially declared his final feature. Instead of repeating that film’s devastating finality, Days plays largely like a leisurely documentary, with Lee’s character, Hsiao Kang, getting treatment for the chronic neck pain that had initially plagued both the actor and the character in the time of The River (1997). A side story follows a character played by Laotian immigrant to Thailand Anong Houngheuangsy going about ordinary life in his simple apartment. Eventually the two characters come together for an intimate encounter, the transactional nature of which is belied by its gentle warmth and passion. The result is one of Tsai’s finest films to date, showing both his mastery of “slow-cinema” pacing, in which every detail becomes an event in itself, and his deep compassion for other beings, however isolated or marginal their lives may be. —Professor Jason McGrath
The Trylon will be operating at 2/3rd capacity for this series. Tickets are free, but we recommend you reserve them online. You are required to show proof of vaccination (vaccine card + government issued-ID that confirms the name listed on the vaccination card) for entry. Concessions will not be offered, for the safety of all patrons!