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Renowned Filmmaker Tsai Ming-Liang Hosting Chicago Premieres This Week

The first stop of the filmmaker's U.S. tour will feature the Chicago premiere of his short film, an artist lecture and more.

a screenshot of Tsai Ming-Liang's short film "Your Face"
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CHICAGO — Filmmaker Tsai Ming-Liang is coming to Chicago this weekend as part of his first visit to the United States in more than a decade.

Tsai, a Malaysian-born filmmaker known around the world, will premiere a short film and be part of an artist lecture and panel discussions Friday-Saturday.

Tsai will attend screenings of two of his films — “Journey to the West” and “No No Sleep” — at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Northwestern University’s Block Cinema in Evanston. Tsai and Lee Kang-sheng — a Taiwanese actor and Tsai’s muse — will hold a post-screening discussion moderated by Jean Ma, a professor of film and media studies at Stanford University.

Tsai will also be at the Chicago premieres of his short film “Light” and feature-length film “Your Face” 6 p.m. Saturday at Doc Films, 1212 E. 59th St. University of Chicago professor Paola Iovene will moderate the post-show discussion.

The screening at Northwestern is free, but attendees are encouraged to RSVP online to get priority seating. Tickets for Saturday’s screening at Doc Films can be purchased here.

The director will also give an artist lecture 6 p.m. Monday at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St. Tickets are free but must be reserved at the center’s box office at least an hour before the lecture starts.

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