First Word on Hou and Joe

THE-ASSASSIN-premiere-affiche-pour-le-nouveau-Hou-Hsiao-Hsien-46992The reviews are in from Cannes.

Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin is reviewed by Variety:

Hou implicitly grasps the expressive power of stillness and reserve, the ways in which silence can build tension and heighten interest. Above all, he never loses sight of the fact that the bodies he moves so fluidly and intuitively through space are human, and remain so even in death.

Meanwhile, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Cemetery of Splendour was reported to have inspired a 10-minute standing ovation after its screening. A rather short review by The Guardian:

Cemetery of Splendour has that unmistakable blend of an almost clinical reality and rationality with spirituality and mysticism.

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