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Stray Dogs

Tsai Ming-liang 2013
Taiwan/France | Format: DCP | 138 minutes

Opens September 12!

In the newest film from Tsai Ming-liang, a single father (Tsai mainstay Lee Kang-sheng) makes his meager living holding up an advertising placard on a traffic island in the middle of a busy highway. His children (Lu Yi-ching and Li Yi-cheng) wait out their days in supermarkets before they eat with their father and go to sleep in an abandoned building. As the father starts to come apart, a woman in the supermarket (Chen Shiang-chyi, also a Tsai regular) takes the children under her wing. There are real stray dogs to be fed in Tsai’s everyday apocalypse, but the title also refers to its principal characters, living the cruelest of existences on the ragged edges of the modern world. Stray Dogs is many things at once: minimal in its narrative content and syntax, as visually powerful as it is emotionally overwhelming, and bracingly pure in both its anger and its compassion. One of the finest works of an extraordinary artist. A Cinema Guild release.

New York Film Festival, 2013
Toronto International Film Festival, 2013
Venice Film Festival, 2013

"Destined to be considered amongst the year’s most substantial new works." -Jordan Cronk, Keyframe

"You're in the close company of a master filmmaker." -David Jenkins, Little White Lies

"The full force of its compassion bowled me over." -A.A. Dowd, The A.V. Club

Series: New Releases

Venue: Walter Reade Theater, Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

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