Tears of the Black Tiger. 2000. Thailand. Written and directed by Wisit Sasanatieng

An early, visionary force in the global independent film movement, Fortissimo Films now has offices in several entertainment capitals and maintains an expansive reach within the international independent film community, nurturing relationships with talented directors and producers throughout the world. Fortissimo has played an especially important role in the international expansion of Asian cinema, helping to introduce a multitude of talented and innovative artists. The company’s willingness to champion films that confront tough political and artistic issues is evident in the titles in this exhibition, which stretch across many territories to represent two decades of production, sales, and distribution. In addition to supporting scores of notable films from Hong Kong and China—from Wong Kar-wai’s Happy Together to Tian Zhuangzhuang’s Springtime in a Small Town and Zhang Yuan’s Beijing Bastards—the company has helped to develop titles from Taiwan, Korea, the Philippines and, in particular, Thailand, with filmmakers such as Wisit Sasanatieng and Pen-Ek Ratanaruang (both of whom are represented in this series).

Organized by Jytte Jensen, Curator, Department of Film.

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