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Wong Kar Wai names the poet laureate of the filmlinc blog!

January 12, 2009

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Congratulations to Edwin Mak (aka commenter FTIN), for his prize-winning verse summation of Ashes of Time:

“Distance births desire;
Wine chides parole.
Swordsmen our agency,
fictions of the soul.

Worlds devoid of fathers,
brothers purport rule.
Money, loyalty equal
in the Jianghu.

Bodies efface gender;
Sand, victor o’er time.
Death a sop towards
Vicissitudes sublime.

Reliant on blindness
our faith is driven.
Betwixt love and pain:
Finitude forgiven.”

Wong Kar Wai has named Mr. Mak, a writer living in London, the winner of our Ashes of Time challenge! He will  receive the new Ashes poster, courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics plus a copy of Criterion’s new Chungking Express DVD, courtesy of Criterion, and enjoy the special notoriety of being the official poet of the filmlinc blog!

Special thanks to this contest’s sponsor, Criterion.

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A poetic twist in the Wong Kar Wai challenge

December 1, 2008

Photo via Wallpaper

From commenter FTIN, this verse summation of Ashes of Time:

“Distance births desire;
Wine chides parole.
Swordsmen our agency,
fictions of the soul.

Worlds devoid of fathers,
brothers purport rule.
Money, loyalty equal
in the Jianghu.

Bodies efface gender;
Sand, victor o’er time.
Death a sop towards
Vicissitudes sublime.

Reliant on blindness
our faith is driven.
Betwixt love and pain:
Finitude forgiven.”

REMEMBER: because this is the rare contest not tied to the whims of Lady Luck or even a couple of beleaguered blog editors, you still have a chance to win! That’s right, Wong Kar Wai himself is the sole arbiter of the Ashes of Time Challenge! He will select the winning entry from all the submitted entries, and that lucky winner gets the new Ashes poster, courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics, a copy of Criterion’s new Chungking Express DVD, courtesy of Criterion, and ultimate bragging rights.

You have until midnight E.S.T., Wednesday December 3rd to concoct your own synopsis, free verse, or video interpretation. It’s still anybody’s game, people.

Read all the comments posted so far and post your own entry.

Special thanks to this contest’s sponsor, Criterion, owner of a spiffily redesigned website you should all bookmark now:

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Video Q&A: Wong Kar-Wai talks about Ashes of Time

October 13, 2008

Video courtesy of Kevin Lee.

Don’t miss another Q&A! Subscribe to the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s YouTube channel.

And don’t forget to check the blog this week for a special “Ashes of Time” contest judged by Wong Kar-Wai himself!

Wong Kar Wai is back with Ashes of Time–Redux!

October 2, 2008

Wong Kar-wai has restored, rescored, expanded and re-edited his legendary 1994 exercise in swordplay pyrotechnics and melancholy temps perdu. He’s also digitally colorized the film, rendering master cinematographer Christopher Doyle’s images even more insanely gorgeous.

See it this Saturday at midnight.

NYFF: What’s playing this week that can I still get tickets to?

September 30, 2008

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Photo: Susan Sermoneta

Trouble navigating the action-packed New York Film Festival schedule? Here are a few events that take place over the coming week that you can purchase tickets to online:

Waltz with Bashir: Documentary? Cartoon? War movie? I wager you won’t see a more inventive film this year. It’s incredibly moving, too. See my review or buy tickets…[Wed Oct 1: 9:15] [Thu Oct 2: 6]

Free Oshima panel: Warm up for the screening of Art’s pick Diary of a Shinjuku Thief with a free panel discussion at the Walter Reade Theater on Wednesday, October 1st.

Summer Hours: Olivier Assayas returns with this this story of a family in turmoil. [Thu Oct 2: 9]

Four Nights with Anna: Time Out New York says: “Polish-cinema bigwig Jerzy Skolimowski is back, and this creepy tale about a man obsessed with his female neighbor proves that he can still unnerve.”  [Fri Oct 3: 9:30] [Sun Oct 5: 3]

Views from the Avant-Garde: Is the medium the message? Take a walk on the wild side with Guy Debord’s In girum… or check out rarely screened Bruce Conner rarities. The always provocative Views opens this weekend.

Ashes of Time Redux: What’s better than 93 action-packed minutes of Wong Kar-Wai’s unmistakably distinctive swordplay pyrotechnics? A completely restored version of one of his classics, of course. What’s even better? A midnight screening! [Sat Oct 4: midnight]