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14.-20. januar 2019

Program 2018

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Belly Button, a junk-collector, and Pickle, a security guard at a factory that produces Buddha-statues, are friends. Belly Button usually drops by during Pickle’s night shifts to read old porn magazines and watch TV. When the TV breaks down, they decide to watch the files from the dash cam in the factory manager’s car. The clips give them a glimpse in to a decadent world of willing women and shady business, until they get to see a little more than they should.

Through the movie, a voiceover (actually the director Huang Hsin-yao) gives hints of the characters’ thoughts and inner life. The movie is mostly shot in black & white, but the dash cam clips are in color, underlining the differences between the luxuries of the factory manager and the bleak lives of our anti-heroes. THE GREAT BUDDHA+ mocks corrupt politicians, and though it is a black comedy, the filmmaker clearly cares for society’s lonely losers. The film won six awards at the Taipei Film Festival 2017.

Orginal title: 
DA FO PULASI
Director: 
Huang Hsin-yao
Screenplay: 
Huang Hsin-yao
Photography: 
Nagao Nakashima
Actors: 
Cres Chuang, Bamboo Chen, Leon Dai, Chang Shao-huai, Chen Yi-wen, Na Dow
Run time: 
1 hour 44 min
Year: 
2017
Country: 
Taiwan
Producer: 
Yeh Ju-feng, Chung Mong-hong
Sales: 
Mandarin Vision
Age rating: 
15
Director info: 

Huang Hsin-yao (b. 1973) studied at the Graduate Institute of Sound and Image at the University of Tainan, and is mostly known for his documentaries. Huang has founded his own studio in the village of Qigu, and is also executive director of the Taiwan Documentary Media Workers’ Union.