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International Film Series

(Originally called The University Film Commission)
Established 1941 by James Sandoe.

First Person Cinema

(Originally called The Experimental Cinema Group)
Established 1955 by Carla Selby, Gladney Oakley, Bruce Conner and Stan Brakhage.

C.U. Film Program

(AKA The Rocky Mountain Film Center)
First offered degrees in filmmaking and critical studies in 1989 under the guidance of Virgil Grillo.

C.U. Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts

Established 2017 by Chair Ernesto Acevedo-Muñoz.

 

The Great Buddha+

Muenzinger Auditorium

The Great Buddha+

As savagely satirical as it is gorgeously surreal, “The Great Buddha+” is something else again — an outrageous, poignant punk Taiwanese black comedy marking the feature arrival of fresh filmmaking talent Huang Hsin-Yao.

Shot predominantly in crisp black and white that’s tonally reminiscent of early Jim Jarmusch, the picture is set in the small rural Southern Taiwan village home to laid-back Belly Button (Bamboo Chen).

When not making a meager living collecting trash, he hangs out with security guard Pickle (Cres Chuang), watching color dashcam footage pilfered from the car belonging to his elitist, American-educated boss, Kevin (Leon Dai), whose unseen sexual conquests make for a provocative soundtrack. But the voyeuristic distraction inevitably uncovers darker truths surrounding Kevin and the equally corrupt village.

Along the way, director Huang, who expanded the film from his similarly named 2014 short, periodically chimes in to offer helpful character backstories and dry commentary, occasionally introduced with “Dear audience members R30;”

While amusingly breaking that fourth wall, Taiwan’s official Oscar submission also doesn’t shy away from acknowledging the formidable wall that exists between the privileged and the exploited, taking unambiguous aim at the political and religious hypocrisies that serve to further extend the class divide.

Huang’s tongue may be planted firmly in his cheek, but his heart is unerringly in the right place.

— Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times

The Great Buddha+

Mon October 28, 7:30 PM, Muenzinger Auditorium

Taiwan, 2017, in Min Nan, Black and White, 102 min, 1.85 : 1

Director: Huang Hsin-yao, Writer: Huang Hsin-yao, Cast: Cres Chuang, Bamboo Chen, Leon Dai, Na-Do, Michael Chang Shao-Huai

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