A serial lover meditates on longing and the passing of time in Wong Kar-Wai's “2046,” which will be screened starting at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 at the Smith Opera House in downtown Geneva.
The film tells the story of a man who returns to Hong Kong in 1966, after having spent several years in Singapore, where he went to escape the memory of his love affair.
No longer the melancholic newspaperman, spurned husband and thwarted would-be lover, he has transformed into a slick man-about-town who writes seedy erotic stories and engages in throwaway affairs with courtesans and nightclub performers.
“2046,” like the sequentially numbered story within it, is a lyrical, Proustian meditation on loss, regret, love and time — the marching on of time being the cruelly inexorable constant in both.
Designed and edited by William Chang Suk Ping, “2046” evokes a lost time in a place — Hong Kong — already redolent of dislocation and evanescence. The title also refers to the closing of 50 years of autonomy promised to Hong Kong after its hand-over to China in 1997.
“2046” will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday; it has a running time of 2:10 and is rated R. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens and are available at the door.