IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE 花樣年華
Directed by Wong Kar-wai • 98 min • Hong Kong (2000)
Sunday July 15th • Christie Pits Park
Eats & Treats @ 6pm / Films @ Sundown
FREE ADMISSION (Donations gratefully accepted) • Full Details
Christie Pits Film Festival programme note:
What would city life be without the space for private retreat? Wong Kar-Wai’s masterful work of romantic formalism, In the Mood for Love looks to the unassuming corners of Hong Kong – tiny food shops, narrow alleys, corridors of shared apartments, cramped office spaces – to frame richly detailed, brightly coloured mise-en-scènes in this story of intoxicating desire, loneliness, intimacy, and beauty. In the Mood for Love is Wong at the top of his craft, and the pinnacle of 90s Hong Kong cinema.
An ode to uncompromising visual artists, In the Mood For Love is accompanied by a montage of local experimental shorts that each depict Toronto through a unique lens. Dan Browne’s Numbers is a formalist work composed of photographs of 100 distinguishable numbered entryways to Toronto’s private spaces. To similar effect, Gayle Ye’s Welcome to Yesterday captures the quirky mise-en-scène of Toronto’s iconic Honest Ed’s, a space now lost to gentrification. Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof reconnects with Toronto’s lost outdoor spaces through a pastiche of archival footage in This Town of Toronto…, and finally Stephen Broomer’s Queen’s Quay describes the frenetic energy of the cityscape in rich saturated colour.