百花齊放、議題形式各異的15部入圍影片,自198部投件作品中脫穎而出,以當代語彙訴說這一座承載無數密碼的島。凝視人與環境之間的交互關係,召喚與辯證歷史過往,捕捉現實困境中那些窮盡青春的強韌意志,更讓鏡頭紓解無可安放的離愁。

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A Silent Gaze

Since 2009, the filmmaker has spent 12 years documenting the ever-changing times of three townships along the coast of Tainan County, namely Beimen, Jiangjun and Qigu. Through the lenses, human activities are seen closely connected with the surrounding nature, while maintaining its own charm. The film subtly captures a singular way of life and a sense of time suspended in the past, present and future.

As a part of a discussion on memory and detemporality, this work comes in another 3-channel video installation as further dialogue with this single-channel video.

Rain in 2020

Rain in 2020 took LEE Yong-chao seven years to make. It shows how a family copes with the changing situation and what is happening in Myanmar. Amid the pandemic in 2020, a torrential rain caused the family and the entire village to soak in the flooding sewage. Nobody knows when the muddy water will be gone and what will come after the storm.

The Catch

Every November to the following February, a group of Indigenous Taiwanese migrant workers set up the camps along Lanyang River in Yilan County to catch the season's first batch of eel fries. For those four months, these campsites are their home. But no amount of warmth from within the campsite can shield them from the harsh ocean winds, the volatile squatter environment, harassment from local gangs, or a slew of unpredictability that arise from living on unfriendly grounds.

The Islands

The Islands follows the journey of former student activist CHEN Ting-hao, as he decided to escape the toxic political environment of Taipei City. He ended up landing on Matsu Islands, a political backwater located off the coast of China. Serving as a political staffer managing local affairs, he is forced to ponder on the intricate interplay between political ideals and reality.

A Rolling Stone

He has tattoos. He writes poems. He paints. He has done a few dirty jobs. When he was in prison for the second time, he received a literary award. With a poor sense of direction, he jokes that he needs to ‘design an escape route’ everytime he goes back to his hometown. Carrying 37 keys, he seems to have no idea where life is leading him to. He is always looking for work, friends and love, but gets lost again and again.

K’s Room – The Creation and Destruction of the World

K’s room’ is a mental space that serves as a metaphor for the complex relationship between men, boundaries, and the nation state during Taiwan’s martial law period. All the lines in the film were extracted from New English Grammar, one of Taiwan’s most popular English grammar books published in 1960, as a way of reconstructing the mental state of its author Mr. K who was sent to prison due to political reasons.

Green Jail

Grandma HASHIMA is the last Taiwanese who knows the secrets of ‘Green Jail’, the notorious coal mine before World War II in Okinawa, Japan. With hardly any visitors, she lives alone in an old and shaggy wooden house by the ‘jail on the sea’ where her family once lived, she recounts her experience of the coal mine days on the island. Through her memories of guilt, pain, anger, and the miseries of the past 80 years, this film portrays the last years of Grandma HASHIMA’s life.

The Bad Man

Myanmar has the world’s longest ongoing civil war that has spanned more than 70 years. The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) is the ethnic rebel group most vehemently opposed to the ruling military junta. The protagonist of this film was conscripted into the KIA as a child, transforming him from an innocent kid into a ruthless man who talks about killing without hesitation. With all the wounds and experiences, he is now considering which path to take for the future.

Taste of Wild Tomato

Kaohsiung served as an important military base under Japanese colonial rule and had incurred heavy casualties during the 228 Incident. The film subtly tends to the deep scars of the witnesses, survivors and their descendants as an act of resistance to oblivion. Memories survive through different eras of oppression and continue to live in people’s hearts, just like the wild tomatoes grown in this land.

Kaohsiung City, Yancheng District, Fubei Rd., No.31

As a storied apartment complex awaits its eventual demolition, its inhabitants teeter on the edge of poverty, unaware that the deadliest building fire in the city's history will soon arrive.

Taiwan Competition

Selected from the 198 entries, the 15 selected titles tackle a broad range of issues through a cinematic language resonating in the present. Telling the stories of an island encrypted in countless secret codes, they recall and reexamine past histories, and capture the strong wills demonstrated by the youth struggles. Moreover, sorrows without a resting place are allowed to be released through the lenses.

Films

A Rolling Stone

A Rolling Stone

2021
Taiwan
42min
葉家辰
YEH Chia-chen

A Silent Gaze

A Silent Gaze

2022
Taiwan
181min
黃信堯
HUANG Hsin-yao

Broca's Aphasia

Broca's Aphasia

2022
Taiwan
84min
蘇明彥
SU Ming-yen

Crossing's End

Crossing's End

2021
Taiwan
116min
施佑倫
SHIH Yu-lun

Green Jail

Green Jail

2021
France, Japan, Taiwan
101min
黃胤毓
HUANG Yin-yu

Kaohsiung City, Yancheng District, Fubei Rd., No.31

Kaohsiung City, Yancheng District, Fubei Rd., No.31

2021
Taiwan
18min
曾威量
CHIANG Wei-liang

K’s Room – The Creation and Destruction of the World

K’s Room – The Creation and Destruction of the World

2020
Taiwan
15min
洪瑋伶
HUNG Wei-lin

Rain in 2020

Rain in 2020

2021
Myanmar, Taiwan
79min
李永超
LEE Yong-chao

Remember Me

Remember Me

2022
Taiwan
86min
洪淳修
HUNG Chun-hsiu

Taste of Wild Tomato

Taste of Wild Tomato

2021
Taiwan
123min
廖克發
LAU Kek-huat

The Bad Man

The Bad Man

2021
Taiwan
76min
李永超
LEE Yong-chao

The Catch

The Catch

2021
Japan, Taiwan
54min
許哲嘉
HSU Che-chia

The Islands

The Islands

2022
Taiwan
82min
江偉華
CHIANG Wei-hua

The Lucky Woman

The Lucky Woman

2020
Taiwan
87min
曾文珍
TSENG Wen-chen

The Making of Crime Scenes

The Making of Crime Scenes

2021
France, Taiwan
22min
許哲瑜
HSU Che-yu
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