Stray Dogs (Jiao you)
dir. Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan/France, 2013, DCP, Mandarin w/ English subtitles, 138 min.
No snow problems in University City - our screenings will take place as scheduled.
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Venice, Stray Dogs is a haunting masterpiece, and possibly the last film from the great Tsai Ming-Liang. There are real stray dogs to be fed in Tsai’s everyday apocalypse, but the title also refers to its principal characters, living the cruelest of existences on the ragged edges of the modern world. Stray Dogs is many things at once: minimal in its narrative content and syntax, as visually powerful as it is emotionally overwhelming, and bracingly pure in both its anger and its compassion. One of the finest works of an extraordinary artist.
“A soaring masterpiece, a huge and complex work of art, and one for the ages.” - Neil Young, Indiewire