Venice Festival Judge Ang Lee’s Films at Lincoln Center

Not a long post, but a meaningful one. I just found out yesterday that Ang Lee is going to chair the jury of the 66th Venice Film Festival, this coming September. Why am I so excited, you ask? Because he will be a judge along with my other favorite male director Anurag Kashyap! Both are true trendsetter and visionaries of modern cinema and both are really, really cool men! And if you are interested, the line-up was just announced for the films in competition to receive the Golden Lion from the gracious hands of Lee, Kashyap, as well as French actress Sandrine Bonnaire and Italian rockstar Luciano Ligabue, among others. BTW, Kashyap’s yet unseen in the West labor of love ‘Gulaal’ will be shown in Venice, out of competition, along with his hit ‘Dev.D’. 

At just the right moment for it, the Film Society of Lincoln Center has organized a comprehensive retrospective of Ang Lee’s work titled ‘Intimate Views from Afar’. If you want to truly be Taiwanese politically correct, you can call him Lee Ang… I believe that’s the right way to say his name, when talking to him. Anyway, tomatoes/tomahtoes, call him what you will but don’t forget to put ‘master genius visionary’ after his name. 

The film exhibit begins tomorrow August 1st, lasts through the 11th and includes personal favorites ‘Eat Drink Man Woman’, ‘Pushing Hands’ and ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ as well as his more “commercial” work such as ‘Brokeback Mountain’, ‘Lust, Caution’ and ‘Hulk’. I had to really check out this last one, had NOOOO idea Lee was responsible for the modern film version of the green monster — the Eric Bana version, yummy! — but indeed yes! That just goes to show that you learn something new every day. If you click on any of the above film titles, the Film Society has the corresponding trailers for nearly every film listed. Great website!

And if the retrospective leaves you yearning for more Ang Lee, make sure to stay tuned for his next ‘Taking Woodstock’ which is being shown in special previews, to industry people, as I write this! The news means the added bonus of the filmmaker actually presenting and discussing at least one of the films. If you want to see the official trailer of ‘Taking Woodstock look no further. N-joy!


Images courtesy of Film Society of Lincoln Center, except top image courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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