Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Venice Film Festival, Tsai Ming-Liang’s “Stray Dogs” is a beguiling masterpiece. Following a father and his two children wandering the margins of modern day Taipei, “from the woods and rivers of the outskirts to the rain streaked streets of the city,” the film is multilayered and certainly prides itself on a well-considered use of the cinematic medium. As we observed last year, it is “heavily concerned with time and duration, and their effect on the audience. It runs 138 minutes and contains 76 or 77 shots (I lost count both times), so the average shot-length is less than two minutes.”
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The Taiwanese film will open theatrically on September 12, 2014 in New York, followed by an expansion in select cities. The first poster, just released by Cinema Guild today, depicts the aforementioned father, alone and isolated in frame, submerged beneath sinking blue surroundings.
Check it out below: