Leading Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien received some much-deserved U.S. exposure in 1999, when a retrospective of his work landed in New York. This fall’s Hou-centered series at Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image, however, ups the ante, offering not only screenings of Hou’s 17 features — all on 35mm, no less — but also a program rounded out with related works from other filmmakers, including Jia Zhangke’s I Wish I Knew (Oct. 17) and Wu Nien-jen’s A Borrowed Life (Sept. 28). Additionally, several of the Hou screenings will be preceded by introductions from a league of notable critics: J. Hoberman (The Puppetmaster, Sept. 13), Amy Taubin (Three Times, Sept. 14), Jonathan Rosenbaum (The Sandwich Man, Oct. 5), and series organizer Richard I. Suchenski of Bard College, who presents tonight’s opening screening of Hou’s Flowers of Shanghai.
Mondays-Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: Sept. 12. Continues through Oct. 17, 2014