30 November 2013 A Rolling Stone   築巢人
Director Ko-shang Shen | 2012 | Taiwan | 54 min | Documentary

A pair of father and son, unable to communicate with each other, yet they only have each other. The son is physically a 30-year-old man and mentally a 13-year-old kid, even more self-centred, innocent, and elusive. The 50 years old father has to play various roles to hold up this family. He is both father and mother, his only friend and the only provider, and he strives to connect his son’s unique creations with this world. He always stays with his son, and they keep each other company in an almost silence, repetitively draw honeycombs together, make a gigantic tower with thousands of colour papers together. 

Date:30 November 2013
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Venue:Film House Cinema, 
88 Lothian Road Edinburgh EH3 9BZ


Synopsis

The father and son, unable to communicate with each other, yet they only have each other in this single-parent family. The son is physically a 30-year-old man and mentally a 13-year-old kid, but even more self-centered, more innocent, and more elusive. The father is 50 years old, but he has to play various roles to hold up this family. He is both father and mother to his son; he is the only friend that his son has, the only provider for his son, and he strives to connect his son’s unique creations with this world.


The father always stays with his son, and they keep each other company in an almost silence. They gather up the bottles that are scattered around the house together, repetitively draw honeycombs together, make a gigantic tower with thousands of color papers together, go bowling together, pick seashells and catch snails together, and eat together. They even sleep on the same bed. They are like the one and only for each other—either of them is incomplete without the other.

 

What kind of love is this? Paternal love is the most evident interpretation. What else is also mixed in this paternal love? The soft and tender connection? Longing for sharing? Desire to escape? Fear for future? Reluctance to give in? Or the excessive devotion that one individual has towards another?

 

Director’s Biography

Ko-shang Shen is the most sought after young director in Taiwan. His college thesis film LAYOVER was selected for competition at Cinefondation of Cannes Film Festival in 1999, still the only Taiwanese film ever selected by Cinefondation up to today. Being a highly pursued young talent, Shen made many award winning documentaries, short films, omnibus features and TV commercials as the director and cinematographer. In 2006, Shen directed The Pigeon Game, a documentary commissioned by National Geographic Channel, which was aired in more than 160 countries worldwide, and winning the Best Documentary Director of Golden Bell Award, Taiwan’s Emmy Award. His feature documentary Baseball Boys was theatrically released in 2009 and won the Grand Prize in the Taiwan International Documentary Festival and further competing at Visions du Reel at Nyon and sold to ARTE.

The 3-segment omnibus feature Juliets in which Shen participated as a director was selected by Tokyo International Film

Festival in 2010 and praised by critics all over the world. Another omnibus project 10+10 produced by Hsiao-hsien Hou 

in which Shen also participated as the director had its international premiere in Panorama section of 2012 Berlinale. 

Highly anticipated Songs Of Siren will be Shen’s first live action feature debut as the sole director.

Spotlight Taiwan 
Taiwan Film Festival 
There have been exciting developments in the Taiwan cinematic landscape in recent years, with more high quality and diverse films being made each year, gaining international attention and recognition. The Taiwan Film Festival provides a unique opportunity to see some of these great examples of contemporary Taiwan cinema on big screen, many of them screening for the first time in the UK. 

Seven award-winning feature films by emerging Taiwanese filmmakers have been handpicked to share with the audience of Edinburgh, each with a unique theme and telling touching modern stories in Taiwan, connected by the common thread of relationship and family to give a glimpse into the kaleidoscopic life of Taiwan. 
We are honoured to have directors and cast from Taiwan to attend audience Q&As at four of the screenings. There will also be an Asian Film Workshop at the University of Edinburgh and a piano recital concert by Yu-Siang Huang, the leading star from Touch of Light’ in the Reid Concert Hall on 29 November, both open to the public. 

To keep up to date, feel free to ‘Like’ our Facebook page, ‘Spotlight Taiwan in Edinburgh’, and visit our website at goo.gl/arzmFZ 

Taiwan Film Festival is part of the 2013-2014 Spotlight Taiwan project, organised by History of Art at the University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with Ministry of Culture Taiwan and Filmhouse. A series of events will be hosted throughout the year to celebrate contemporary Taiwanese Art, Culture and Cinema in Scotland.