MoMA Presents

Tsai Ming-Liang’s Face

Oct 20–27, 2022


Face. 2009. Taiwan/France. Directed by Tsai Ming-Liang. Photo: William Laxton
  • MoMA, Floor T2/T1 The Debra and Leon Black Family Film Center

Tsai Ming-Liang brings his regular cast together with legendary French actors, including Jean-Pierre Léaud and Fanny Ardant, for this film commissioned by the Louvre and shot largely on the museum’s premises. A Taiwanese film director, played by Lee Kang-Sheng, mourns the passing of his mother while on a film set in Paris. He relies on silent body gestures to communicate with his French actors, who all seem to have a mind of their own. Lee and Léaud share an unmistakable connection, as both have grown and aged in front of the camera, and both are known for intense, fruitful relationships with a particular director (Tsai and François Truffaut, respectively). With the world-renowned art collection as its backdrop, Face is a gorgeously shot and composed work filled with dreamy sequences that resemble performance art installations.

Organized by La Frances Hui, Curator, Department of Film. Thanks to Taipei Cultural Center. Additional thanks to Claude Wang and Kanglan Chin.

Film at MoMA is made possible by CHANEL.

Additional support is provided by the Annual Film Fund. Leadership support for the Annual Film Fund is provided by Debra and Leon D. Black, with major contributions from The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, and Karen and Gary Winnick.

Major funding is provided by the Taipei Cultural Center in New York, Ministry of Culture, ROC (Taiwan).


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