After a short run at commercial theaters earlier this year, Stray Dogs (郊遊) is again taking to the big screen — this time, true to its arthouse roots, in a museum.
The award-winning film about a homeless single father on the streets of Taipei struggling to support his two children is being shown at the Museum of National Taipei University of Education (MoNTUE).
Six screenings of the film are being offered daily as part of the “Stray Dogs at the Museum — Tsai Ming-liang Solo Exhibition,” which opened on Friday last week and closes on Nov. 9.
Video clips and images from the film by the Malaysia-born, Taiwan-based Tsai are projected onto large screens at the unconventional exhibition.
The venue is also decorated with tree branches to simulate the feeling of walking into a forest.
Tsai last year said that he hoped the film would be treated as an artwork and screened in museums and art galleries, instead of in movie theaters.
He later agreed to a commercial release, but limited it to 50 showings in Taipei, Greater Taichung and Greater Kaohsiung between Feb. 21 and March 2.
Tsai, who has refused to make commercial films, has long expressed frustration over popular taste and box office returns.
Stray Dogs won the Grand Jury Prize at the 70th Venice Film Festival in September last year and earned Tsai the Best Director prize at the Golden Horse Awards in Taipei in November.
The film’s lead actor, Lee Kang-sheng (李康生), also won Best Actor at the Golden Horse Awards and the Asia-Pacific Film Festival for his role as the father who barely scrapes by economically by holding up advertisement signs for a development company.
The museum is located at 134 Heping E Rd, Sec. 2 in Taipei. It is open Tuesday to Sunday, except for national holidays, from 10am to 5:30pm. On Fridays and Saturdays it closes at 6:30pm.
General admission to the Tsai exhibition is NT$200, NT$100 for students.
Additional reporting by staff writer