Five

  • Dir: Abbas Kiarostami

  • Iran/Japan/France, 2003, 74min, D-beta, No dialogue

Made in the same year as 10 on Ten, Five couldn’t be more different. In this hyper-minimalist piece, Kiarostami abandons dialogue, actors, cars or even camera movement. Instead, he offers five Zen-like static shots of nature at its most glorious, from driftwood washing up on a Spanish beach to thunderous rain upon a dark sea. Though abstract, the film warmly opens itself to those willing to do the same. Commissioned as part of the centenary celebration of Japanese master Ozu Yasujiro’s birth, Five is a dazzling triumph of the long take.

Further reading:
Five, From The 29th Hong Kong International Film Festival Main Catalogue (The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited, 2005)

Screening:

Note

1. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

2. For screenings at ALL commercial cinemas, tickets are available at URBTIX till 5:00pm one day before respective screenings. After that, tickets will be available only at the box office of the screening venue on the day of screening, subject to availability.

3. Screenings at HK Arts Centre, HK Film Archive and Tai Kwun: For screenings that are about to start in 1 hour, all remaining tickets can only be bought at the box offices of the respective screening venues.

4. For the sold-out screenings at HK Arts Centre and HK Film Archive, a limited number of standing tickets are available at the URBTIX Outlets of the respective venues 30 minutes prior to the screening time. Seating is not guaranteed and subject to availability 30 minutes after the screening time. Each person can purchase 1 standing ticket. The availability of standing tickets is subject to change without prior notice.

5. Screenings at HK Science Museum: There is no URBTIX Outlet at the venue. Tickets are available at URBTIX till 1 hour prior to the respective screenings. Door ticket counter opens 30 minutes before the screening. Limited tickets to non-sold out screenings will be available at the door, subject to availability (Cash Only).

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