As editor-in-chief of Far Out Magazine, I’m pleased to announce that we have teamed up with the British Film Institute (BFI) to acts as the official media partner for the forthcoming season focusing on the work of Wong Kar-wai.
Following an online retrospective created by the BFI in February, fans of the iconic Hong Kong film director will now be able to enjoy the world of Wong Kar-wai on the big screen at BFI Southbank and the Institute of Contemporary Arts’ (ICA).
In what is a complete retrospective of Wong’s work, the season will officially begin 7-31 July and will include seven brand-new 4K restorations, five of which have been overseen by the director himself. Titles screening will include the 1994 offbeat love story Chungking Express, the breathtaking romance In the Mood for Love (2000), alluring period drama 2046 (2004), his 2013 thrilling historical biopic The Grandmaster and many more.
Ann Lee, the season programmer for the event, commented: “With his exquisite stories of lost love, loneliness and the burden of regret, auteur Wong Kar Wai has created some of the most achingly romantic films in modern cinema. Using breathtaking visuals and non-linear narratives, he builds ravishing, dreamlike worlds full of saturated colours, introspective voiceovers and characters burning with repressed longing.
“These mesmerising meditations on desire, time and memory have made him one of the most influential directors working today. Our career-spanning retrospective, which features new restorations of his best-loved classics, provides a great opportunity to allow yourself to be captivated once again by his beguiling filmography. His work reminds us that there’s always beauty even in our heartache and despair, embracing it is where you’ll find the real poetry.”
Tickets are already on sale for the Wong Kar-wai season now. At Far Out, we’ll continue to bring you all the news, reviews and detailed coverage in the coming weeks.