Chinese Nobel laureate hopes new film can revive art
Central News Agency
2014-04-18 07:54 PM
Taipei, April 18 (CNA) Chinese writer Gao Xingjian, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000, said Friday before a screening of his new film in Taipei that he hopes it can reflect the spirit of art and bring that spirit into people's lives. Modern life is full of materialism and politics, while people no longer talk about feelings, thoughts and the meaning of life, Gao said prior to the Taiwan premiere of his experimental film "Requiem For Beauty." "This movie aims to discuss issues people no longer talk about," Gao said at the National Palace Museum. Gao said he hoped the movie could contribute to another "Renaissance" across the world by lifting the human spirit to encourage the contemplation of life. Gao's third movie, "Requiem For Beauty" departs from traditional film narratives and includes poetry, paintings, monologues in Chinese, French and English, and performances by 40 actors and actresses -- one of whom is his wife. The two-hour film, written and directed by Gao, is based on the writer's poem of the same name. It took him six years to shoot the film's scenes in such distant locations as Venice, Prague, New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong, Gao said. Described by the director as a "cinematic poem," the film will be screened on April 19, 20 and 23 at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts and the National Taiwan Normal University. Its world premiere was in Singapore in November 2013. Born in China and naturalized as a French citizen, Gao is known for his novels, such as "Soul Mountain" and "One Man's Bible," and his ink wash paintings, which have been exhibited in Europe, the United States and Asia. His previous experimental films include "Silhouette/Shadow" and "After the Flood." Gao, who arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday from France, will leave the country on April 25. (By Sabine Cheng and Lee Hsin-Yin)
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