Berlinale

Taste (VI)

Synopsis
Bassley, a Nigerian illegal, plays in the Vietnamese football league to support his son back home. When he breaks his leg, his contract is terminated. With nowhere to go, Bassley finds work as a masseur at a salon. Seeking additional income, he also works as a prostitute. Over the course of three days, he and four women clean together, cook together, eat together, sleep together, and have sex. Afterwards, Bassley wires the money he has earned to Nigeria. He tries to enter the lives of the women in more ordinary ways. They have moved on, but something in him has changed.

Director’s note
The idea for Taste came to me when I was in high school. I observed tired young African men sitting at the back of the bus at the end of the day. This image stayed with me.
In Saigon, there are many Africans and they are often preyed upon. I do not want to make a film that exploits the plight of an African man living in Vietnam.
I want to approach Taste in a more contemplative way. To respect the spaces as living entities that breathe, to observe the characters inhabiting that space in an unobstructed way.

Vietnam
Director: Lê Bảo
Producers: Le Bien Pictures (Vietnam), E&W Films (Singapore), Deuxieme Ligne Films (France), Petit Film (France), Wild Bunch Germany (Germany)
German WCF partner: Wild Bunch Germany
World sales: Wild Bunch (France)

Funded in the WCF jury meeting in July 2018
Funding amount: 30.000 €