In the Mood for Love

Directed by Wong Kar Wai

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wong Kar-wai’s hauntingly beautiful film, In the Mood for Love (2000) deals with unfulfilled relationships, the fallibility of memory, and endings without resolution. Starring Tony Leung (Mr. Chow) and Maggie Cheung (Mrs. Chen), In the Mood for Love is the story of two couples that move into adjoining apartments on the same day. Over time, Mr. Chow and Mrs. Chen realize that their frequently absent spouses are having an affair. At once deftly crafted and visually extravagant, it is a masterful evocation of fleeting moments in which “the told is not resolved but the telling is concluded” (Neupert). Original music is by Michael Galasso, with cinematography by Christopher Doyle and Mark Lee Ping-bin.

Emily Zimmerman

Internationally acclaimed director Wong Kar-wai is associated with the Hong Kong second wave movement. His first film, As Tears Go By, was screened at the 1989 Cannes International Film Festival. His second film, Days of Being Wild, set in a vividly imagined 1960s, won five Hong Kong Film Awards, including Best Film and Best Director. Ashes of Time premiered at the 1994 Venice Film Festival. Happy Together premiered at Cannes in 1997, where it won the Best Director award. In 2000, In the Mood for Love premiered at Cannes, where it received numerous accolades, including the Best Actor award for Tony Leung Chiu-wai. Four years later, Wong returned to Cannes with 2046, which continued to follow the life of In the Mood for Love’s lead character, Chow Mo-wen. His most recent film, My Blueberry Nights, is his first feature film in English.

In the Mood for Love
November 21, 2013, 7:30PM
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EMPAC 2013-2014 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA