The world-renowned Festival International du Film de la Rochelle has chosen Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien (侯孝賢) as one of the four moviemakers who will be featured in its homage section.
Between June 26 and July 5, 13 feature films spanning from Hou's earlier works in the 1980s to "The Assassin (刺客聶隱娘),” the martial arts epic that won him the Best Director title at this year's Cannes Film Festival, will be screened at participating theaters across the French city Rochelle.
Two documentaries starring Hou － "Flowers of Taipei: Taiwan New Cinema (光陰的故事-臺灣新電影)” by Hsieh Chin-lin (謝慶鈴) and "HHH: Portrait of Hou Hsiao-hsien (侯孝賢畫像)” by Olivier Assayas － will also be included in the homage screenings.
Assayas will have his own homage section at Rochelle, alongside Marco Bellocchio of Italy and the Makhmalbaf Film House of Iran.
The late wuxia film maestro King Hu (胡金銓) will be represented at the 43rd Rochelle as well. Hu's 1971 cult classic, "A Touch of Zen (俠女),” will be screened in all its restored splendor atthe festival's "D'Hier a Aujourd'hui (Then & Now)” segment.
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