Mr Chow (Tony Leung) and Mrs Chang (Maggie Cheung) cross paths in Wong Kar Wai’s matchless portrait of a quiet but passionate sensuality. The cinematography, the acting and the music make us experience profound and unspeakable feelings. The invisible dance is danced by Mr Chow (Tony Leung) and Mrs Chan (Maggie Cheung), who happen to be neighbours in an apartment building in Hong Kong in 1962. When they find out their respective spouses have lovers, the two find comfort in each other’s arms. Passions run high but are kept in check.
Prior to the film, journalist Kevin Toma will give the lecture So Close Together But So Distant and will deep dive into the main aspects of Wong’s tactile body of work addressing everything from his camera work to his utilisation of (pop) music using tantalizing film clips and archive material. The cinema of Wong Kar Wai is a sensory experience that seems to reach beyond sight and sound; from his dreamlike breakthrough Days of Being Wild (1990), the almost fairytale-like mosaic Chungking Express (1994) through to his melancholia drenched romantic epic In the Mood for Love (2000). His work is as influential as it is singular as he combines subtle acting performances with a striking visual style of vivid colours, dark shadows and billowing cigarette smoke with striking close-ups in slow-motion to convey a universal sense of longing and the inevitability of time’s passing.
Kevin Toma (1974) is a cinematic scholar and film journalist publishing in De Volkskrant among others. In addition Toma provides an array of cinema related lectures and courses, is a DJ and composes original music for silent films.