以影像作為見證,看中新生代之聲如何在紀錄片的國度爭一片天。192部投件作品中,島嶼與世界的光景展露無遺。透過15部入圍影片,盼能帶你乘著恍惚的流,行經陌生的熟悉風景,走過從潰爛到癒合的刑難,抵達苦而回甘的無恙未來。

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In Trance We Gaze

Under the regime of constant discipline and incorporation, rituals, faiths, bodies, and the relations between men and gods are all being uprooted. When time is dissected into infinitesimal parts in the gaze of a stopped frame, those links abandoned in the furious chase emerge again. Men and gods, destruction and rebirth, all gather here in search of a safe corner.

The Good Daughter

This film depicts the fraught marriage between a Taiwanese man and his Vietnamese bride, taking us inside a household simmering with tension. Born out of a disabled man's wish to obey his mother and a woman's effort to help her family escape from poverty, the marriage has produced two daughters and a complicated family drama.

Llyong Topa

In the Dabao River basin, where the Llyong Topa indigenous community used to be, stands a 'ghost temple” where hundreds of Atayal people were buried. They fell victims to Japanese government's first wave of indigenous genocide during its colonial rule of Taiwan. The massacre occurred much earlier than the Wushe Incident (1930), yet still rarely known to the world. The filmmaker visited the mountains over a hundred times, seeking clues and traces to fill in the blanks of history.

Mutualism

Jerry, a 73-year-old world traveller from Britain, has settled in a rural community in Linyuan, Kaohsiung fifteen years ago. He only speaks of his past, because he cannot see much future for himself. His present centres around feeding the twenty-plus stray cats in his neighbourhood. Although Jerry has no savings, sometimes needing help with buying food for his cats, he has found peace and serenity in his life in Taiwan.

Flow

On a rainy afternoon, the filmmaker set out from a hospital and followed an elderly window screen repairman to Toad Hill, an old settlement on the outskirts of Taipei, helping him to find a woman from his past. On the dreamlike journey, the repairman discovered his long-forgotten and decayed memories of this metropoli

Turning 18

Two teenage girls, both growing up in broken homes in rural Taiwan, lead their lives in completely different directions. Pei searches for hope in love, while Chen struggles to avoid her parents' fate. As they approach the age of 18, the undercurrents of their lives nearly overwhelm them. Spanning over seven years, this is a story about abandonment, courage, and growth. It raises a universal question: How can an unloved life find the strength of her own?

Gubuk (Hut)

Gubuk (Hut) is an experimental project growing out of Indonesian migrant workers' personal experiences in Taiwan. Gathering in a staged hut built out of abandoned materials from a factory, the workers retell and re-enact their own stories under fabricated identities. In this space where fiction intersects with reality, they share tales of escape, of loss, and of suffering.

A Decision

This documentary tells two different stories featuring ventilator-dependent patients in Taiwan and the people around them. Along with nearly 4,000 such cases on our island, these bedridden and mostly unconscious individuals are unable to communicate with the outside world, except through their ECG waves. Facing the dilemma of futile medical care, and the rights to live and die as one chooses, everyone has to make their own decision: Should they stay on or move on?

Housing

Mr. LIN is a happily retired man who spends his time keeping company with his toddling grandson, walking his dog, and playing golf with his in-laws. Recently, he has been obsessed with houses with river views. In LIN's city of demolitions and reconstructions, money-making investors buy and sell houses at unaffordable prices. Above the skyline of Taipei, will the boundaries between daydreams and reality ever blur?

The Boiling Water LAMA

In the Tibetan village of Xiongtuo, Sichuan Province, China, resides the 'Boiling Water Lama'. Every day, countless people from the major Tibetan regions travel across mountains to visit him, seeking solutions for their own lives. When the water on the stove comes to a full rolling boil, the believers waiting outside the hut takes off their shirts one by one, ready to hear the lama's unique 'answer'.

Taiwan Competition

With shot footage as their witness, Taiwanese filmmakers are slowly gaining their ground in the realm of documentary, both the veteran and the up-and-coming. In the 192 entries this year, they cast light on the faces and places of this island and of the world. With the 15 selected titles, come ride on the flow of trance with us, gaze into the strangeness in familiarity, navigate through open and healing wounds, and immerse yourself in the boiling feelings of turning eighteen.

Films

A Decision

A Decision

2018
Taiwan
72min
陳志漢
Maso CHEN

A Fight to the Death

A Fight to the Death

2018
Taiwan
49min
謝欣志, 陳芝安
HSIEH Hsin-chih, CHEN Chih-an

Flow

Flow

2018
Taiwan
29min
蘇明彥
SU Ming-yen

Gubuk (Hut)

Gubuk (Hut)

2018
Taiwan
54min
蘇育賢
SO Yo-hen

Housing

Housing

2020
Taiwan
115min
林謙勇
Show-tsai LIN

In Trance We Gaze

In Trance We Gaze

2018
Taiwan
25min
陳芯宜
Singing CHEN

Kisses and Hugs

Kisses and Hugs

2018
Taiwan
39min
詹皓中
CHAN Hao-chung

Last Year When the Train Passed by

Last Year When the Train Passed by

2018
France, Taiwan
18min
黃邦銓
HUANG Pang-chuan

Llyong Topa

Llyong Topa

2020
Taiwan
90min
高俊宏
KAO Jun-honn

Me and My Condemned Son

Me and My Condemned Son

2019
Taiwan
74min
李家驊
LEE Chia-hua

Mutualism

Mutualism

2019
Taiwan
22min
李亦軒
LI I-hsuan

Opening Closing Forgetting

Opening Closing Forgetting

2018
Taiwan
80min
洪子健
James T. HONG

The Boiling Water LAMA

The Boiling Water LAMA

2018
Taiwan
77min
盧彥中
Adiong LU

The Good Daughter

The Good Daughter

2019
Taiwan, United States
83min
吳郁瑩
WU Yu-ying

Turning 18

Turning 18

2018
Taiwan
88min
賀照緹
HO Chao-ti
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