A Time in Quchi

Shu Jia Zuo Ye

Divorcing parents send their two kids to stay with Grandpa in a rural village for the summer in Chang Tso-Chi’s emotive film full of life lessons.

Date:
15th Oct and 18th Oct 2013

Booking Ticket:
BFI Southbank, NFT3 Oct 15, 2013  8:45 PM  Buy
BFI Southbank, NFT2 Oct 18, 2013  6:00 PM  Buy 

Location:
BFI Southbank
Belvedere Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8XT

Director-Screenwriter Chang Tso-Chi
With Liang-yu Yang, Yun-loong Kuan, Hui-ming, Wen, Zi-yan Jin, Han Tung
Taiwan 2013
in Mandarin and Taiwanese with English subtitles
111 mins

Taiwanese cinema has an honourable history of films about city kids growing up fast while spending summer holidays with elderly relatives in the countryside. But memories of Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s A Summer at Grandpa’s will likely be eclipsed by Chang Tso-Chi’s new film, his first since When Love Comes. Young teen Bao and (a bit later) his kid sister Seaweed are parked with their recently bereaved grandpa in Quchi while their parents plan a divorce. Bao makes a new aboriginal friend on the basketball court and then loses him in an accident, but there are no sexed-up dramas. Thanks to Chang’s masterly direction, none of the main strands of plot – urban/rural dislocation, the generation gap, comparisons between grandpa’s disintegrating family and the impoverished-but-close family next door – plays out quite as you might expect. The sensitivity to childhood experience is almost uncanny; Chang, himself recently divorced, dedicates the film to his son.

Tony Rayns

Director biography

Born in 1961, Chang Tso-chi’s film career began in 1987. He was inspired by a number of master film directors, such as Yu Kan-ping, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Tsui Hark. In 1990 he started to direct several television dramas and films – two of which, in 2000 and 2012 respectively, won him Best Feature Film, the most honourable prize in Taiwan’s Golden Horse Award. Apart from that, he also took three prizes in the Tokyo International Film Festival. In 2011 he received the National Award for Arts, the most prestigious creative arts honour in Taiwan. A Time in Quchi is his latest film work.



由台灣導演張作驥所執導的電影「暑假作業(A Time in Quchi)」繼在瑞士盧卡諾大放光彩後,又在國際間再度傳來好消息。該片不僅連續入選9月溫哥華國際影展及10月的釜山影展,近日又確定獲邀為第57屆倫敦電影節(London Film Festival)觀摩電影,並將於10月15日在倫敦舉行英國首映。

  倫敦電影節是由「英國電影協會」(British Film Institute)主辦,也是歐洲最重要的國際電影節之一。該電影節對於張作驥的「暑假作業」推崇備至,影展策展人、也是英國權威電影月刊雜誌「視與聽」(Sight & Sound)首席影評人東尼萊恩(Tony Rayns)甚至親自撰寫推薦,重視程度可見一斑。

  國際媒體對於「暑假作業」評價也相當高,美國「綜藝報」(Variety)就以「細膩富詩意,充滿另類幽默」的美譽,讚賞該片是導演張作驥迄今最打動人心的電影。片中一場改編自台灣童謠「天黑黑」的法語劇演出,還意外激發了法國發行公司的靈感,甚至考慮同時配上法語在當地推出,希望能吸引更多觀眾欣賞。該發行商並以高達6位數歐元一口氣買下瑞士、法國、比利時及盧森堡等4國版權,喜愛該片的程度不言可喻。