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EROS (THE HAND, EQUILIBRIUM &
THE DANGEROUS THREAD OF THINGS)
USA: Warner Independent Pictures
UK: Artificial Eye
Cast: Gong Li, Chang Chen, Tin Fung, Auntie Luk, Zhou Jianjun, Sheung Wing Tong, Wong Kim Tak, Ting Siu Man, Yim Lai Fu, Shih Cheng You, Siu Wing Kong, Lee Kar Fai, Un Chi Keong
Director: Wong Kar-Wai
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Mandarin (English Subtitles)
Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Alan Arkin, Ele Keats
Director: Steven Soderbergh
THE DANGEROUS THREAD OF THINGS
Cast: Christoph Buchholz, Regina Nemni, Luisa Ranieri
Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Language: Italian (English Subtitles)
Countries: France, Italy, Luxembourg, Hong Kong, USA
USA: 108 mins (THE HAND: 43 mins; EQUILIBRIUM: 27 mins; THE DANGEROUS THREAD OF THINGS: 32 mins)
UK: 106 mins
USA Rated: R for strong sexual content including graphic nudity, and for language
UK Certificate: 15 contains moderate sex and nudity
USA Release Date: 8 April 2005 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 22 September 2006 (Limited Release - London, Curzon Mayfair)
EROS is an anthology of three medium length films on the subject of eroticism and desire, from a trio of the world's most outstanding directors, Wong Kar Wai, Steven Soderbergh, and Michelangelo Antonioni. Each takes his own unique approach to the theme: Wong with a richly textured and achingly emotional erotic tale; Soderbergh with a wry and perverse comedy; and Antonioni with his philosophical meditation on the abyss between men and women. EROS is also a homage by two of the most internationally acclaimed young directors Wong Kar Wai and Steven Soderbergh to one of their most admired and inspiring director Michelangelo Antonioni.
Wong Kar Wai's THE HAND is the story of a young tailor's (Chang Chen) long-time unrequited love for a beautiful Hong Kong courtesan (Gong Li). Over many years, he lovingly crafts the clothes that she wears for other men. Over time, the seemingly unattainable fantasy woman loses everything, just as the tailor prospers in his career. Then the unexpected happens...
Steven Soderbergh's EQUILIBRIUM is about a stressed-out 1950's New York advertising man (Robert Downey, Jr.) who has been suffering from a series of recurring erotic dreams. During his session with psychiatrist Dr. Pearl (Alan Arkin), he describes his dream of a woman who is familiar to himóbut he can't recall who she is when he wakes up. Through the course of a very offbeat session of therapy, we discover why that is.
Michelangelo Antonioni's THE DANGEROUS THREAD OF THINGS follows a forty-ish married couple (Christopher Buchholz and Regina Nemni) that no longer have anything to say to one another. At an impasse, the man has a passionate one night stand with a free-spirited young girl (Luisa Ranieri), but this experience also fails to satisfy him. Later on, the wife and the girl meet...
EROS is a rare movie eventówhere three of the world's most celebrated film artists contemplate the never-ending riddles of eroticism and love.