Projection and discussion
La Saveur de la pastèque01 Dec 2022
The event is over
There is such a drought in Taiwan that the population is encouraged to replace water with watermelon juice.
She survives by stealing water from the public toilets. He climbs up on rooftops after nightfall and attempts to cool off by bathing rainwater tanks.
Loners, thirsty, exhausted by the heat and desire, they come together and lose themselves in torrid arousal and the taste of watermelons.
"Apart from that, the work amounts to an unfolding of an obsessive fantasy that overlaps into the territory of Jacques Demy and Luis Buñuel. The former's contribution consists of a series of high-kitsch song and dance numbers. From the latter, we readily recognise the taste for sex as a vehicle for upsetting the bourgeois order. That said, it is easy to restrict our references to the fabric of Tsai Ming-Liang's own work, a master of provocation as a means of denouncing the alienation of modern society. As ever, the Taiwanese artist pulls no punches." Jean Roy, L’Humanité, 30 November 2005
Tsai Ming-Liang, The Wayward Cloud. Taiwan, 2005, 115 min, 35mm, colour, original version with French subtitles
With Lee Kang-Sheng, Chen Shiang-Chyi, Lu Yi-Ching
Berlinale 2005 – FIPRESCI Prize
In the presence of the filmmaker and Jean-Michel Frodon
20h - 22h15
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