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Zui Sheng Meng Si

Thanatos, Drunk

 

Chen Jen-Shuo (Actor), Huang Shang-Ho (Actor), Lee Hong-Chi (Actor), Wang Ching-Ting (Actress), Kao Wen-Hung (Producer), Chang Tso-Chi (Director, Screenwriter)
Moderation: Anatol Weber

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The camera follows closely on the heels of two brothers – one gay, the other straight. Both are looking for a job in order to survive. But both are also looking for themselves and long to find a foothold in life. The younger brother sells vegetables at the market where he meets a young woman who cannot speak but who gets up to all sorts of crazy things. The older brother is attracted to a dancer at a nightclub and finds himself drawn into some shifty business. Taking its cue from the rhythm of their wanderings, the film stays very close to its protagonists, showing them in lonely moments at the river, rambling boisterously through Taipei’s club scene by night, among barkers at the market, and in quiet moments together. Again and again the tone and hence the mood of the film changes. Zui Sheng Meng Si proves once again that young Taiwanese cinema does not have to avail itself of classical storytelling to fascinate its audience. These are lives in limbo, without fixed coordinates. In this way the film evolves into a portrait of manners, and a panorama of a society that does not appear to welcome its next generation.

Taiwan 2015, 107 min

by

Chang Tso-Chi

with

Lee Hong-Chi
Chen Jen-Shuo
Huang Shang-Ho
Lu Hsueh-Feng
Wang Ching-Ting
Chang Ning
Lin Chin-Yu

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