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San Diego Asian Film Festival 2013

A BREATH FROM THE BOTTOM

狀況排除

Directed by Chan Ching-lin

Discoveries / Taiwan / 2012 / drama, thriller / 42 mins / Mandarin, Taiwanese with English subtitles / HD / North American Premiere

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A BREATH FROM THE BOTTOM

UCSD Price Center Theater
November 10, 2013 1:00 pm

Description

Official Selection, 2013 International Film Festival Rotterdam
Best Director, 2013 Taipei Film Festival

We open on the wrinkled faces of the old. What follows might be a tribute to ordinary Taiwanese, or to the weathered laboring heroes, or to those that need to be protected by the young. What follows instead is what they’re about to do: storm the capitol with picket signs and assert their rights in a democratic country. It’s a bold way to set up the drama. But as it turns out, it’s just the beginning.

The film condenses the conflict and complexity of protest into the story of a young cop who is in line for a promotion, and his father who is sick of do-gooders like his son, who follows orders instead of protecting the people. They’re about to come face-to-face in the public square and test the extent to which one’s feeling for family can exceed one’s commitment to a cause.

At a time in which Taiwanese narrative cinema has veered in heavily mainstream and conservative directions, Chan Ching-lin’s short feature is a gut-punch of reality, told with the urgency of its quick takes and stylish cinematography. Less an advocate for any specific political position than the cinematic rendering of political fire itself, A BREATH FROM THE BOTTOM is a time capsule for one of the more politically-charged years in recent Taiwanese history. –Brian Hu

Co-sponsored by: UCSD Chuan Lyu Endowed Chair in Taiwan Studies, UCSD Taiwan Studies Lecture Series

Credits

Starring: Tsai Ming Xiu, Kao Ying Hsuan, Lin Li-shu


Preceded By

  1. Kong Peh Tshat or How I Learned to Tell a Lie

    Kong Peh Tshat or: How I Learned to Tell a Lie

    Shang-Sing Guo / Taiwan / 2012 / 30 mins
    A wrongly-accused rural boy loses his innocence when the real world refuses to believe him.

    Precedes: A BREATH FROM THE BOTTOM



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A BREATH FROM THE BOTTOM

UCSD Price Center Theater
November 10, 2013 1:00 pm

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