TAIWAN FILMFEST 2023 // 電影//開麥拉//

2023 Spotlight Taiwan Film Festival in Scotland

 

Time: 4 Nov 13:00-16:00

Venue: The Burrell Collection, Glasgow

*Post-screening Q & A with the film director TSAI Tsung-lung and Dr Isabelle Cockel

        

 

 

And A Mile To Go Before I Sleep(九槍)

蔡崇隆 TSAI Tsung-lung|臺灣 Taiwan|2022|DCP |Colour|90min

Best Documentary Film at the 59th Golden Horse Award.

 

To see is to act –what the death of a migrant worker can tell us about humanity? The screening of ‘And More Miles to Go Before I Sleep’

 

Migrant workers in Taiwan rallied for abolishing the use of brokering industry to recruit migrant workers and calling for replacing it with government-to-government recruitment.

Nguyen Quoc Phi was nobody before he died, but now he tells his own story as a young migrant from Nghệ An, Vietnam, to Taiwan in this documentary. Phi was an undocumented migrant worker, or a ‘runaway’, in northern Taiwan before he was shot nine times by the police and left unattended by the paramedics on 31 August 2017. What made him ‘run away’ from his factory work? How did he find jobs in various construction sites? Why did he start taking drugs? Was he an imperfect victim? These are straightforward questions leading to complicated answers. And More Miles to Go Before I Sleep (Nine Shots in Chinese) brings to the fore the nakedness of discrimination and the challenges to humanity if we choose to be bystanders indifferent to inequality and injustice. Please join us for the screening of this award-winning documentary and find out how each of us can take action to stop discrimination and inequality.

2022 金馬獎最佳紀錄片

越南青年阮國非為了早日還債,淪為臺灣人鄙夷的「逃跑外勞」。他靠著優秀的建築技術帶領一班移工兄弟,在新大樓建案最多的新竹一帶打工賺錢,隨著存款不斷累積,回國創業的夢想也即將實現⋯⋯。

《九槍》以非法移工阮國非命案為前景,面對這位「不完美的受害者」,主流媒體並未給予過多的關注。本片透過重構阮國非的生命軌跡,結合事件原始錄像與移工勞動現場考察,引導觀眾思考,阮的死亡個案背後,其實存在著更大的結構問題。

 

 


Time: 6 November 2023 16:00-18:00

《Chin Chih Yang—Face the Earth(肉身搏天)

黃明川 HUANG MingchuanTaiwan2017HDColour85min

Venue: ECA Main Building 0.28, 74 Lauriston Place Edinburgh EH3 9DF

      

Best Documentary of 2018 Southampton International Film Festival, UK

Nominee for best photography at the Southampton International Film Festival (2018), UK

Nominee for best editing at the Southampton International Film Festival (2018), UK

Selected screening at the Chicago International Indie Film Festival (CIIFF 2020), USA

Selected screening at the 2017 Chiayi International Art Doc Film Festival, Taiwan

Selected screening for the Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival 2020, Japan

Taiwanese artists travel abroad to Tokyo or Paris as early as the Japanese colonial period before World War II. And a majority of much younger artists shifted to New York. Most of these artists from Taiwan were painters with very few involved in performing art. Chin Chih Yang stood out as one of the few delivering his ideas through his own body and headed on global issues such as pollution, water shortage, and global warming.

Western artists tend to present their performance by torturing themselves, very often inviting the audience to be involved in the process, helping them collectively for instance. Yet Yang may go further, sometimes expressing the topics even with humour. He concentrates on huge threats created by humans and apposes so-called Avant-garde art in theory personally. The undermined global seriousness is what he is after. He tries hard to warn people of disasters we shall encounter if we do not face the problem sincerely enough.

2018年英國南安普敦國際電影節最佳紀錄片獎

2018年英國南安普敦國際電影節入圍紀錄片最佳攝影

2018年英國南安普敦國際電影節入圍紀錄片最佳剪輯

2020年獲選美國芝加哥獨立電影節參展

2017年獲選台灣嘉義國際藝術紀錄影展參展

2020年獲選日本東京Lift-Off電影節參展

台灣藝術家前往東京與巴黎始自日本殖民時代,二戰後大都前往紐約,其中決大部份都是畫家,極為少數人從事行為藝術。楊金池的行為藝術不僅以肢體來傳達藝術性的觀念,還注入全球性的污染、水資源、氣溫暖化等問題。

西方的行為藝術家時常以自我折磨來引起觀眾注意,楊金池的自我折磨卻不時地會以幽默的方式呈現,許多作品容許觀眾參與,不忌諱破壞,甚至要求集體合作,來達到對於他嚴肅議題的理解。他的表演行為不是一種純粹藝術前衛理論中的實踐與進階,有著一波波暗埋深刻警惕的宣示,希望藉著演出提醒人們對於人類全面破壞的嚴重性。楊金池的確是一位精彩,而且堅持表達重大議題的實踐者。

 


Time: 6 November 2023 16:00-18:00 

Alley Forever Young(給自己的情書)

黃明川 HUANG MingchuanTaiwan2018HDColour75min

Venue: ECA Main Building 0.28, 74 Lauriston Place Edinburgh EH3 9DF

 

Alley Forever Young competed at a 2017-18 public art project commissioned by the Taipei City Government for the city’s west side history. It was selected as the best film proposal among the final four whilst the city started to accept the film as a form of public art.

Taipei City established its early development from today’s westside where the old town was surrounded by stone walls in the Manchurian colonial years. By choosing 6 actresses and actors to play key roles, the film travels constantly between the much later 1930s and 2010 in time of Japanese and Chinese Nationalist rules. Accordingly, these two eras’ young men and girls express different attitudes in the profession, concepts, way of life and political environments. Adding fictional acting and conversations by no means allows the film to flow freely in between true and non-true visual vocabularies as well, which may in turn come closer to what we encounter every day in the online world.

This film uses many old B+W photos and 16 mm stocks by two famous photographers before World War II. It reinforces the images of Japanese domination, especially attentively focusing on ladies and the city scenes of Taipei, which in the end makes 80 years of history flash easily as mirages in viewing the movie. In addition, a Japanese propaganda documentary named Southward Expansion to Taiwan helps to depict a full spectrum of the old town in great detail throughout the story.

《給自己的情書》是 2017-2018年間「臺北地景公共藝術(西區)設置計畫B案」以臺北西區為創作範圍,經邀請比件獲選的專案。

本片除描繪台北西區發展對臺灣歷史的重大影響外,全劇經由六位年輕男女串接1930與2010兩個年代的不同身份,分飾日治與民國相距80年的角色,來對照此兩世代在職業、生活方式、觀念以及政治環境上的明顯差異;如是,增加演員的類戲劇形式表現之外,劇本對白也點出生活脈動與同步政治事件的相關性,使臺北歷史之呈現不止於旁白大敘述,忽而二戰前、忽而二戰後自由地敘事流動,亦讓跨時代的時間縱深縮短,更貼近網路時代的觀眾。

本片使用鄧南光於日本時代所攝的膠捲影片,其近身捕捉的女性身影與日本時代風光罕見於世,給了我們可以親身投射歷史,讓過去更接近今天。而大量運用李火增可貴的黑白照片,更使得細觀80年前的舊照片似乎一再變成凝視自身,古今易位,如幻鏡像。此外日人宣傳片《南進臺灣》保留台人當年自然風土,尤其是大稻埕的街巷民居景像,添加了本片舊時代庶民復活於本片中的印記。

 


Time: 7 November 2023 16:00-18:00

Venue: HB_O.25 (ECA Cinema) (Hunter Building), 74 Lauriston Place Edinburgh EH3 9DF

Your Face(你的臉)

蔡明亮 TSAI Ming-liangTaiwan2019HDColour76min

Best Documentary at the 56th Golden Horse Award

Best Documentary at the Taipei Film Festival

75th Venice International Film Festival – Biennale Cinema 2018

Selection for the New York Film Festival 2019.

Instead of telling what a right or wrong relationship is like, or answering the philosophical question of what is love, this film is more about the relationship between individual love biography and the biography of modernity. Whilst in the film, we delve into the industry and understand how Chinese people define themselves and the meaning of happiness. What you hear amongst the wedded ones would be an exchange without any trace of disguise, a conversation of nothing but honesty.

“Radically rethinking the tired talking-heads template, Tsai Ming-liang’s latest digital experiment turns the human face into a subject of dramatic intrigue. Comprised of a series of portrait shots of mostly anonymous individuals (Tsai devotees will no doubt recognize his long-time muse, Lee Kang-sheng), the film shrewdly deemphasizes language while reducing context to a bare minimum. In their place, the beauty and imperfections of each face take centre stage. Accompanied by Ryuichi Sakamoto’s soundtrack of dynamically modulating drone frequencies, Tsai’s subjects variously speak, stare, and, at one point, sleep as the camera quietly registers the weight of personal history and accumulated experience writ beautifully across every last pore and crevasse.”—NYFF

一個個特寫的長鏡頭,細細端詳一張張臉孔,有的細説從前,有的沉默不語。中山堂內,十三張臉都有故事,淺淺深深的皺紋,都是歲月的痕跡 。蔡明亮在台北街頭尋找想要拍的臉,他的腦海裏浮現了一些詞句:「有一點光,有一個故事;你的臉,訴説着歲月,走過的地方;你的眼睛,有一些迷惘,也有些哀傷;有一點光,有一個故事;你的臉,訴説着愛情,躲藏的地方;你的眼睛,有一些明亮,也有些黯然」。

 


Time: 10 November 2023 16:00-17:30 

Deepest Uprising(波濤最深處)

黃明川 HUANG MingchuanTaiwan2020HDColour78min

Venue: Venue: Hunter Lecture Theatre, 74 Lauriston Place Edinburgh EH3 9DF

*Post-screening Q & A with the film director HUANG Mingchuan, followed by a drink reception*

 

As the Asian economy booms, traditional social order shifts alongside. Despite diverse developments in different societies, female self-consciousness has gradually taken shape and a new era is born. Yet political and religious conflicts and bloodshed never cease. And customary discrimination and misogynistic crimes remain the norm.

In DEEPEST UPRISING, interviews with a group of women poets took place from different regions across Asia, including Taiwan, India, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines. The film reveals personal insights and the poetry reflects the hopes and sufferings they have confronted, very often through war, governmental policies and traditional practices.

The film highlights how women poets struggle to break free from shackles in changing societies. All these points out that a new female literature movement and richness in ideas have given birth to Asia.

 

亞洲隨著經濟起飛連帶搖動起傳統的社會秩序,女性自主思想雖逐漸覺醒於不同社會。但在當代政治與宗教衝突不止,甚至流血激爭的國度中舊習歧視、傷害女性的行為至今依然牢固不破。本片訪問亞洲具代表性地區的女詩人群,橫跨台灣、印度、斯里蘭卡、菲律賓四國,以她們的共通情境、個人見解及詩篇來反應國家與政府政策,並逐次撥開歷史中的女性悲鳴、傳統壓迫和戰爭對於女性的敵意。同時本片凸顯變動社會中的女性詩人為爭脫各種束縛,所形成的亞洲新文學運動,將以舖陳正義、控訴不公寫入詩篇的優秀女詩人為第一人稱,集體形塑這一逐漸受到國際詩界注意,卻絕少能與大眾溝通的亞洲思想潮流。