Xiao Mei 2018 Ages 15+
1.00PM Sun 13 Jan 2019 (1hr 35mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free
‘A film about the tormenting presence of absence. A young shop girl named Xiao Mei suddenly vanishes from her usual existence, without explanation or trace. Has she dissolved, or perhaps redeemed herself somehow? Nine people from her immediate surroundings try to fill the empty space left behind by this supposedly insignificant young woman. In a kaleidoscope of meandering memories, projections, confessions, interpretations, incantations and helpless speculations through which the young escapee wanders aimlessly, they attempt to solve the mystery of her disappearance.
Film, like no other artistic medium, is able to visualise the effect that subjective perception has on memory. Brilliantly juggling elements of film noir, suspense and whodunnit, director Maren Hwang’s sophisticated film explores the riddle of identity and how we interpret the world and our fellow human beings as well as how what are generally believed to be ‘objective reality’ and ‘truth’ are constructed. Inevitably, there is no such thing as a comforting solution to this exploration, and so all that remains is the disoriented grab at the white light of infinity.’ Berlin Film Festival
HD VIDEO, COLOUR, STEREO, 95 MINUTES, TAIWAN, MINNAN (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: MAREN HWANG / CINEMATOGRAPHER: CHUNG MONG-HONG / EDITOR: LAI HSIU-HSIUNG / PRODUCTION CO: MANDARIN VISION / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: MANDARIN VISION / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP