La Taipei Factory © Guillaume Lutz
La Taipei Factory © Guillaume Lutz
La Taipei Factory © Guillaume Lutz

The Taipei Factory

Posted may, 17, at 10:35

Taipei Factory is a cinematographic adventure based on a collaboration between Taiwanese and non Taiwanese directors. This meeting gave birht to four short films.

The first one, The Pig, directed by Singing Chen and Jero Yun, tells the story of an expropriated family. Dawang, the son, has to sell his pig to survive. He meets a strip dancer who feels threatened in her work and her femininity. They both wander in a city in ruin. Dawang recites a legend punctuating the various parts of the film. It speaks about a king who throw himself in the sea in order to save his people. His transformation into a fish provokes a rain which saves the city from a server drought. The king's commitment to his people opposes the indifference of contemporary world. But Dawang and the dancer meets again on a abandoned road and, after a night of drunkenness, welcome the rainy dawn as a sign.

Silent Asylum,  by Midi Z and Joana Preiss is filmed as a documentary made by a French director on a group of Burmese refugees in Taipei. The camera moves form several points of view, blurring the frontiers between fiction and non fiction. The refugees speak about the horrors they witnessed and the reasons that led them to leave their country. The building in which they live is the symbolic ruin of their scattered existence. The film ultimatlu evokes the difficulty of telling and showing what happened. The French director is herself filmed walking through that asylum. She addresses the viewer with the words of Margueritte Duras in Alain Resnai's Hirosihma my Love: "You couldn't see anything at Hiroshima".

In Shen Ko-Shang and Luis Cifuentes Nice Travel, a young woman has just obtained a promotion. The perspective of a new life torn the past and the present apart. The film describes this process of decomposition. The young woman enters in state in which she witnesses the vanishing of what she was. She looks from the window her familiar environment falling into strangeness, she interrupts her love and tries to find in the words of her father and sister the sense of a disappearing life.

In Mr. Chang's New Adress by Chang Jung-chi and Alireza Khatami, a house disappears. Returning home after a visit to his mother Chang finds himself in front of a door opening on a wall of red bricks. For the policeman who's taking his deposition his address is a point in the ocean. M. Chang gets excited and asks if he looks like a fish. The policeman makes then promise to clear up this case. But M. Chang doesn't know were to go. After night spent sleeping under a bridges he wakes up with an illumination. He heads to the port well determined to check the bottom of the ocean.

These cross cultural shorts produce composite stories speaking about the difficulty of being in the world. They get their inspiration from literary and audiovisual registers that they reinvent in an inventive language.

The Directors' Fortnight denounces the difamation contained in the statement made by a director during the Taipei Factory Q&A session. We want to convey to the Taipei Film Commission our complete support for their project, its making and spirit. We also want to express our complete solidarity and can only regret such an unfounded intervention.

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