The Tsai Ming-liang: The Deserted film series closes with the UK premiere of his most touching and personal film, Afternoon. The feature-length film captures a ruminative conversation between Tsai and Lee Kang-sheng, the actor who has appeared in all of Tsai’s films, and with whom he now cohabits in a mountainside home. It is shot in a raw, near-ruin of a room of their shared house whose open-air windows extend the view out to the lush greenery of the surrounding mountains and afternoon sky. Recorded soon after Tsai first announced plans to retire from filmmaking, the film is a moment to consider his and Lee’s intertwined careers, collaboration and friendship. Tsai does most of the talking, expressing his great praise for Lee’s work, and divulging his own poor health, his queer identity, spirituality and thoughts on the afterlife.
Afternoon Taiwan 2015, DCP, colour, sound, 137 min, Mandarin with English subtitles