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Big World Pictures Big World Pictures is dedicated to bringing the best in world cinema-classic & current-to film enthusiasts across the United States. No, really: THE.

BEST. Founded in 2013 as an expansion of the mission of our critically-acclaimed short film distribution wing, The World According to Shorts, Big World Pictures is dedicated to bringing the best in world cinema to film enthusiasts across the United States.

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"The best movie of 2020--and the most 2020 movie of the year" opens today at Films at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston!C...
10/10/2020
Virtual Cinema Goes Dystopian with “The Hole” | Inside the MFAH | The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

"The best movie of 2020--and the most 2020 movie of the year" opens today at Films at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston!

Check out this write-up of THE HOLE--then see the film that WBUR Boston's film critic calls "the best film about life right now."
https://www.mfah.org/blogs/inside-mfah/virtual-cinema-goes-dystopian-with-the-hole

“Quarantine Cinema,” anyone? See the sly science fiction of The Hole in its complete, restored version. One of the most original films of the 1990s, The Hole is set in Taiwan at the dawn of the new millennium.

10/09/2020
City of the Sun (dir. Rati Oneli, Georgia/USA/Qatar/Netherlands) - Official US Trailer

What are we watching this weekend to escape this reality TV show that is the national news?

Rati Oneli's award-winning documentary CITY OF THE SUN is now available on DVD from Amazon, and on VOD from Vimeo On Demand (/ondemand/cityofthesun)

Or check out our Virtual Cinema releases: Tsai Ming-liang's prescient apocalyptic musical, THE HOLE, or Jia Zhang-ke's documentary/fiction hybrid, STILL LIFE--see our website for local arthouse cinemas hosting screenings!

Chiatura is a city in Western Georgia. There was a time when it was responsible for supplying 50% of the world's manganese; at its peak, the mine employed up...

"A modern master of postmodern discontent, Jia Zhang-ke is among the most strikingly gifted filmmakers working today..."...
10/04/2020
Still Life - Movie Trailers - iTunes

"A modern master of postmodern discontent, Jia Zhang-ke is among the most strikingly gifted filmmakers working today..." - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times, reviewing Jia Zhang-ke's Golden Lion winner STILL LIFE in 2008.

STILL LIFE is now playing in Virtual Cinemas across the US, including Film Forum in NYC, Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, Laemmle Theatres in L.A., Austin Film Society, Lightbox Film Center in Philly, a/perture cinema, Coral Gables Art Cinema, AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center and Salt Lake Film Society, among others.

Please support your local arthouse cinema--50% of ticket sales go to them--by buying a ticket to this classic!

Check out the trailer--edited by Manda Moran --below.

Still Life, winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2006, is a unique hybrid of documentary and fiction. Great changes have come to the town of Fengjie due to the construction of the Three Gorges Dam: Countless families that had lived there for generations have had to relocate. Feng...

Jia Zhang-ke's Golden Lion-winning STILL LIFE (2006) is NOW PLAYING at Film Forum in NYC; Laemmle Theatres in LA; Gene S...
09/24/2020

Jia Zhang-ke's Golden Lion-winning STILL LIFE (2006) is NOW PLAYING at Film Forum in NYC; Laemmle Theatres in LA; Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in Marin Co.; Cinematheque at the Cleveland Institute of Art; Coral Gables Art Cinema and more than a dozen other fine arthouse Virtual Cinemas across the U.S.

Please support your local arthouse cinema by buying a ticket today. 50% of all ticket sales go to the cinemas.

Jia Zhang-ke's Golden Lion winner, STILL LIFE (2006), opens Fri., 9/25, in Virtual Cinemas across the US!Here's a new re...
09/24/2020
Film review: China’s ‘Still Life’ is rarely seen but much-appreciated — Sightlines

Jia Zhang-ke's Golden Lion winner, STILL LIFE (2006), opens Fri., 9/25, in Virtual Cinemas across the US!

Here's a new review of the film, which opens at Austin Film Society and NYC's Film Forum: https://sightlinesmag.org/film-review-chinas-still-life-is-rarely-seen-but-much-appreciated

Other Virtual Cinemas hosting the film starting tomorrow: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, The Avalon Theatre, North Park Theatre, Lightbox Film Center, Davis Varsity Theatre, Suns Cinema, Kimball's Peak Three Theater, The Parkway Theater, The Nightlight, a/perture cinema, Zeitgeist Theatre & Lounge, Salt Lake Film Society, Chelsea Theater, and The Colonial Theatre.

Support your local arthouse cinema by buying a ticket--50% of proceeds go to the theater.

Chinese director Jia Zhang-ke has never made it big in America. In a way, that’s understandable. He makes art films that focus on everyday Chinese citizens, many of whom are overwhelmed by the rapid changes in society and even displaced. His films are a far cry from such epic historical tales as 1...

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Now on Apple's trailer site...STILL LIFE, Jia Zhang-ke's Golden Lion winner at Venice in 2006, opens Friday in Virtual C...
09/22/2020
Still Life - Movie Trailers - iTunes

Now on Apple's trailer site...

STILL LIFE, Jia Zhang-ke's Golden Lion winner at Venice in 2006, opens Friday in Virtual Cinemas, including NYC's Film Forum!

Please support your local arthouse cinema by buying a ticket --50% of net revenue goes to support local arthouse theaters affected by the pandemic.

Trailer edited by Manda Moran

https://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/still-life/

Still Life, winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2006, is a unique hybrid of documentary and fiction. Great changes have come to the town of Fengjie due to the construction of the Three Gorges Dam: Countless families that had lived there for generations have had to relocate. Feng...

Jia Zhang-ke's Golden Lion-winning STILL LIFE (2006) starts this Friday, 9/25, in Virtual Cinemas everywhere! Film Forum...
09/22/2020
Film Forum · Jia Zhangke’s STILL LIFE

Jia Zhang-ke's Golden Lion-winning STILL LIFE (2006) starts this Friday, 9/25, in Virtual Cinemas everywhere! Film Forum, Austin Film Society, The Avalon Theatre, AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, North Park Theatre, Lightbox Film Center, Davis Varsity Theatre, Kimball's Peak Three Theater, Suns Cinema, The Parkway Theater, Zeitgeist Theatre & Lounge, a/perture cinema, Nightlight Cinema

Check out the trailer below.

https://filmforum.org/film/jia-zhangkes-still-life-virtual-cinema#trailer

Trailer edited by Manda Moran

Jia Zhangke’s STILL LIFE Available for rental starting Wednesday, September 16 Jia Zhangke’s STILL LIFE, winner of the Golden Lion at the 2006 Venice Film Festival, is a portrait of those left behind by progress, blending documentary and fiction in the style of Jia’s earlier works (Platform, U...

Opens today at The Onyx Theatre, Nevada City and the Lightbox Film Center : "The best movie of 2020--and the most 2020 m...
09/19/2020
Bob Strauss on Twitter

Opens today at The Onyx Theatre, Nevada City and the Lightbox Film Center : "The best movie of 2020--and the most 2020 movie of the year..." according to Bob Strauss of the San Francisco Chronicle

https://twitter.com/bscritic/status/1304469173586755584

“The best movie of 2020 - and the most 2020 movie of the year - was made in 1998. #TsaiMingliang's #TheHole hits #westcoast virtual cinemas today, and it's all brilliantly staged, existential slapstick about life during a very wet pandemic. Did I mention it's a musical too?”

"Funny, melancholy and finally entrancing" - Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times on Tsai Ming-liang's THE HOLE -- now playin...
09/14/2020

"Funny, melancholy and finally entrancing" - Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times on Tsai Ming-liang's THE HOLE -- now playing at a virtual cinema near you.

This just in! "“The Hole,” for all its sorrowful prescience, does not traffic in the customary pandemic-thriller idiom o...
09/13/2020

This just in!

"“The Hole,” for all its sorrowful prescience, does not traffic in the customary pandemic-thriller idiom of paranoia and alarm...A genius of deadpan comedy as well as a poet of urban anomie, Tsai fills his meticulously composed frames with revealing details that often double as sight gags...funny, melancholy and finally entrancing" - Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

Film at Lincoln Center Laemmle Theatres Roxie Theater DIA's Detroit Film Theatre The Film Lab Corazon Cinema and Cafe Coral Gables Art Cinema Kimball's Peak Three Theater Davis Varsity Theatre Salem Cinema (Salem, OR) Red River Theatres The Apohadion Theater Facets Brattle Theatre Cinematheque at the Cleveland Institute of Art North Park Theatre Parkway Theater Zeitgeist Theatre & Lounge Sie FilmCenter The Loft Cinema Jacob Burns Film Center AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center Darkside Cinema Fine Arts Theatre Oxford Film Festival SNF Parkway Theatre / Maryland Film Fest Suns Cinema Normal Theater Vermont International Film Festival Movies of Delray Plaza Atlanta The Charles Theater

Catch it now in virtual cinemas all across the US!

09/13/2020

Tsai Ming-Liang’s prescient “apocalyptic musical” THE HOLE is playing now at an arthouse virtual cinema near you. @

Another great review for THE HOLE--from WBUR Boston!THE HOLE continues its virtual cinema run at the Brattle Theatre. Su...
09/11/2020
Tsai Ming-Liang's 1998 Romance 'The Hole' Might Be The Best Film About Life Right Now

Another great review for THE HOLE--from WBUR Boston!

THE HOLE continues its virtual cinema run at the Brattle Theatre. Support the Brattle with a ticket to a virtual screening!

The director’s playful pandemic romance is a story of lonely hearts in quarantine, longing for love amid the day-to-day drudgery of life during lockdown.

THE HOLE opens Fri., 9/11 at Laemmle Theatres, Roxie Theater, The Loft Cinema, Jacob Burns Film Center, Oxford Film Fest...
09/10/2020

THE HOLE opens Fri., 9/11 at Laemmle Theatres, Roxie Theater, The Loft Cinema, Jacob Burns Film Center, Oxford Film Festival, SNF Parkway Theatre / Maryland Film Fest, Darkside Cinema, and Fine Arts Theatre in Asheville, NC.

Still playing at Film at Lincoln Center, DIA's Detroit Film Theatre, Kimball's Peak Three Theater, The Charles Theater, Corazon Cinema and Cafe, Coral Gables Art Cinema, Red River Theatres, Salem Cinema (Salem, OR), Brattle Theatre, The Film Lab, The Parkway Theater, Facets, Cleveland Cinematheque, Zeitgeist Theatre & Lounge, Movies of Delray, Plaza Atlanta, Sie FilmCenter, North Park Theatre, Suns Cinema, The Apohadion Theater, FilmBar Phoenix, Normal Theater, Vermont International Film Festival!

Support your local arthouse cinema--50% of all ticket sales go to them during their closure due to the health crisis.

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Boston! THE HOLE opens today at the Brattle--don't miss itBrattle Theatre
09/04/2020
Virtual Screening Room: The Hole | Brattle Theatre

Boston! THE HOLE opens today at the Brattle--don't miss it
Brattle Theatre

A prizewinner at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, THE HOLE is set in Taipei slightly in the future – just prior to the dawn of the 21st century. The vaguely sci-fi story follows two residents of a quickly crumbling building who refuse to leave their homes in spite of a bizarre virus that has forced ...

Tsai Ming-liang's visionary apocalyptic musical opens today at Brattle Cinema, Boston, MAThe Film Lab, Hamtramck, MIThe ...
09/04/2020
The Hole - Movie Trailers - iTunes

Tsai Ming-liang's visionary apocalyptic musical opens today at

Brattle Cinema, Boston, MA
The Film Lab, Hamtramck, MI
The Parkway Theater, Minneapolis, MN
Facets Cinematheque, Chicago, IL
Cleveland Cinematheque, Cleveland, OH
Zeitgeist Theatre, New Orleans, LA
Movies of Delray, Delray Beach, FL
Plaza Theatre, Atlanta, GA
Sie FilmCenter, Denver, CO
North Park Theatre, Buffalo, NY
Suns Cinema, Washington, DC
Apohadion Theater, Portland, ME
Coral Gables Art Cinema, Coral Gables, FL
Film Bar, Scottsdale, AZ

and continues its virtual cinema runs at

Film at Lincoln Center, New York, NY
Detroit Film Theatre, Detroit, MI
Kimball's Peak Three Theaters, Colorado Springs, CO
The Charles, Baltimore, MD
Corazon Cinema, St. Augustine, FL
Davis Varsity Theatre, Davis, CA
Red River Theatres, Concord, NH
Salem Cinema, Salem, OR
AFI Silver, Silver Springs, MD

Support your local arthouse cinema (50% of ticket sales go to them) and catch one of the most unique films of the '90s!

https://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/the-hole/

Trailer edited by Mandy Moran @mandymoran

Set just prior to the start of the 21st century, this vaguely futuristic story follows two residents of a quickly crumbling building who refuse to leave their homes in spite of a virus that has forced the evacuation of the area. As rain pours down relentlessly, a single man is stuck with an unfinish...

Now playing in Concord, NH!
09/03/2020

Now playing in Concord, NH!

NOW PLAYING in our Virtual Cinema:

THE HOLE (NR, 95 min, 1998)
During a mysterious viral outbreak in Taiwan (initiated by cockroaches), two strangers, tenants quarantined in a dingy high-rise, are given a bizarre opportunity to know one another via a hole - in the man's floor, the woman's ceiling. Certain circumstances/situations represented in Tsai Ming-Liang's 1998 sci-fi fantasy will be easily recognized in 2020: the effects of isolation, absurdity of day-to-day life and the stockpiling of toilet tissue. The dark subject matter is seasoned with tongue-in-cheek humor and several lively, cabaret-like musical numbers (yes, musical numbers)!

EPICENTRO (NR, 108 min, 2020)
Permit European filmmaker Hubert Sauper to afford you a theoretical cinematic essay about present-day Cuba. Sauper focuses on children, primarily two young girls who are making a film about "foreign interference, slavery and people in the street." It's part history lesson, with ample anti-American sentiment and some telltale wanderings through this "island paradise." EPICENTRO was a Grand Prize Winner (in the World Documentary category) at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Both films are now available for streaming at redrivertheatres.org, along with the rest of our titles in our Virtual Cinema!

Happy viewing! Let us know what you think of these flicks!

Now on Apple's trailer site--so that means it's real, right?Also, now playing in NYC, Detroit, Baltimore, Colorado Sprin...
09/01/2020
The Hole - Movie Trailers - iTunes

Now on Apple's trailer site--so that means it's real, right?

Also, now playing in NYC, Detroit, Baltimore, Colorado Springs, Davis, Concord, Salem & St. Augustine!

Coming this week to more than a dozen more of your favorite arthouse cinemas across the US--check out the very timely re-release of Tsai's visionary fantasy/musical/romance/pandemic tale, acclaimed by critics as one of the best films of the '90s!

Set just prior to the start of the 21st century, this vaguely futuristic story follows two residents of a quickly crumbling building who refuse to leave their homes in spite of a virus that has forced the evacuation of the area. As rain pours down relentlessly, a single man is stuck with an unfinish...

Detroit! Catch "The Hole" at the DFT--playing now--and support your local arthouse cinema while discovering a fascinatin...
08/30/2020
DFT @ Home | The Hole

Detroit! Catch "The Hole" at the DFT--playing now--and support your local arthouse cinema while discovering a fascinating cross-genre overlooked classic!

The Hole – perhaps the world’s first “quarantine musical” – follows two people who refuse to leave their homes in spite of a rapidly spreading virus.

"Deadpan, surreal and pandemically prophetic..."Well, yes--we think so too.Opens this Fri. (8/28) in Virtual Cinemas in ...
08/26/2020
Movie Review: A Pandemic is the perfect time to re-release “The Hole (Dong)”

"Deadpan, surreal and pandemically prophetic..."

Well, yes--we think so too.

Opens this Fri. (8/28) in Virtual Cinemas in NYC, Detroit, Salem, Concord, Davis, Colorado Springs--with LA, SF, Chicago, DC, Boston, New Orleans, Atlanta, Denver and many more opening in the following two weeks!
https://rogersmovienation.com/2020/08/25/movie-review-a-pandemic-is-the-perfect-time-to-re-release-the-hole-dong/

Deadpan, surreal and pandemically prophetic, Tsai Ming-liang’s “The Hole (Dong)” didn’t make much of a splash, globally, when it premiered in 1999. A droll fantasy-musical a…

08/23/2020
The Hole

Coming in less than a week!!!

Tsai Ming-liang’s fourth feature follows the slow-going, taciturn romance of the director’s muse/alter-ego Hsiao-kang (Lee Kang-sheng).

It's official! Big World Pictures has acquired US rights to Tsai's apocalyptic musical, THE HOLE (1998).The film opens i...
08/11/2020

It's official! Big World Pictures has acquired US rights to Tsai's apocalyptic musical, THE HOLE (1998).

The film opens in Film at Lincoln Center's Virtual Cinema on Aug. 28

Check out the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/446676268

Trailer edited by Mandy Moran

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MERCI FOR THE INVITATION TO YOUR SITE! ANY CHANCE OF EVENTS IN THE DALLAS, TX AREA? THESE FILMS SHOULD HAVE AS WIDE A DISTRIBUTION AS POSSIBLE. .....IN MY HUMBLE OPINION