March 19 – 30
At Tower City
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Run Time: 92 minutes
When this film, about a Taiwanese family's elaborate funeral preparations, opens with Harry Belafonte singing "Hava Nagila," you know you're in for an interesting ride. SEVEN DAYS IN HEAVEN is a crazy quilt of a movie about the strange procedures families undergo in the name of escorting loved ones properly into the afterlife. The film follows the experiences of an urban intellectual who returns home to rural Taiwan for her father's funeral. As family members gather to participate in the seven-day mourning vigil, their sorrow is fused with black humor. A professional mourner wails and grovels in the dust behind the funeral cortege. After a minute or two, she pops up for a soda break, asking "Who am I crying for again?" When the deceased's children are instructed to arrange some of his favorite things around his body, they rush forward with cigarettes and girlie magazines. The Taoist priest checks everyone's horoscopes to find the best time for cremation. Livening up the ceremonies are a marching band and a decorative stack of canned goods, which unfortunately begins exploding in the hot sun. No doubt the old guy would have approved. (In Mandarin and Taiwanese with subtitles) –B.B.
Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 9:35 PM
Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 4:40 PM
This screening is on Stand By.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 12:10 PM
Yulin Wang, Eassy Liu
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
François Cluzet, Omar Sy
Yulin Wang was born in Taipei in 1964. He graduated from the School of Forestry at National Taiwan University and studied Film and Video at the School of Visual Arts, New York. Eassy Liu was born in 1980. She graduated from the Department of Adult and Continuing Education, National Taiwan Normal University.
SEVEN DAYS IN HEAVEN (2010)