Tsai Ming-liang’s The Hole (in Mandarin with English subtitles), winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes Film Festival, and Golden Hugo at Chicago International Film Festival, will have its virtual theatrical release in the US, opening at the Film at Lincoln Center in New York City on August 28, followed by other cities including the Laemmle Theaters in Los Angeles on September 11.
Set just prior to the start of the 21st century, this vaguely futuristic story follows two residents of a quickly crumbling building who refuse to leave their homes in spite of a virus that has forced the evacuation of the area. As rain pours down relentlessly, a single man is stuck with an unfinished plumbing job and a hole in his floor. This results in a very odd relationship with the woman who lives below him.
Combining deadpan humor with an austere view of loneliness and a couple of unexpected musical numbers, Tsai Ming-liang (Rebels of the Neon God; Days) crafted one of the most original films of the 1990s.
Produced for French television’s 2000 Seen by… series, this was originally broadcast in a 69- minute version called Last Dance. This longer version is the director’s preferred cut.
Opens 8/28/20 Film at Lincoln Center, New York, NY
Opens 8/28/20 Detroit Film Theatre, Detroit, MI
Opens 8/28/20 Kimball’s Peak Three Theaters, Colorado Springs, CO
Opens 8/28/20 Red River Theatres, Concord, NH
Opens 9/2/20 AFI Silver, Silver Springs, MD
Opens 9/4/20 Brattle Cinema, Boston, MA
Opens 9/4/20 The Film Lab, Hamtramck, MI
Opens 9/4/20 Cleveland Cinematheque, Cleveland, OH
Opens 9/4/20 Zeitgeist Theatre, New Orleans, LA
Opens 9/4/20 Movies of Delray, Delray Beach, FL
Opens 9/4/20 Plaza Theatre, Atlanta, GA
Opens 9/4/20 Sie FilmCenter, Denver, CO
Opens 9/4/20 Suns Cinema, Washington, DC
Opens 9/11/20 The Loft Cinema, Tucson, AZ
Opens 9/11/20 Laemmle Theaters, Los Angeles, CA